Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Super Bowl Profiles: Marques Colston

Division I-AA Hofstra just dropped their football program to save money. Saints star WR Marques Colston went to Hofstra, pretty crazy to think that he went to a school that no longer has a football team.

While at Hofstra Colston was a monster. In his freshman year he hauled in 14 passes for 335 yards and three TD's. When it was all said and done he had caught 182 balls for a school record 2,834 yards, and 18 touchdowns. Although he put up crazy numbers, he was still predicted by many to go undrafted.

This is mainly due to the fact that he played at a DI-AA school. The other reason was that many scouts saw him as a tweener, he was a little too slow and big to fit right in as an NFL WR, but to small to play TE. He silenced some critics when he ran a 4.50 40 yard dash, but many of the skeptics held their ground because 4.5 is not as impressive as it used to be.

Colston ended up getting drafted all the way down in the 7th round, 252nd overall by the Saints. Colston was the most impressive rookie on the team during mini camp, and due to a trade before the season started, he found himself starting in week one.

Colston had one of the craziest fantasy seasons of any player his rookie year because of a slight glitch in most fantasy roster settings. Colston was listed as a WR/TE and was leading the NFL in receiving yards and TD's by week 9, something TE's never do. Basically, if you had Colston on your team you could start a stud WR at TE.

After his impressive rookie season the rest is history, the doubts are gone and Colston is the Saints go-to WR. In four years with the Saints Colston has tallied 258 catches for 4,074 yards and 33 receiving TD's. He is one of the best WR's in the NFL and the saying "from nothing to something" seems to be quite an understatement.



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