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Marques Colston

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 224 | College: Hofstra
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Colston is an imposing physical specimen who returned for his final collegiate season in 2005. A shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines in 2004, but he made up for lost time with one of the finest senior campaigns in the history of Pride football.

Colston lettered four times in football and was a three-year member of the track team at Susquehanna High School. He was an All-Conference selection at both receiver and defensive end as a senior. He made 37 catches for 412 yards and blocked three punts in 2000. He was also a District III qualifier in track.

Colston joined the Hofstra program as a 195-pounder in 2001. He was expected to redshirt, but injuries forced the coaching staff to play him in five late-season games. The result was 14 receptions for 335 yards (23.9 avg) and three touchdowns.

Colston became a regular at split end in 2002. He finished second on the squad with 47 receptions for 614 yards (13.1 avg) and three touchdowns. Despite being bothered by a nagging shoulder problem, he started every game in 2004. Colston ranked fifth in the Atlantic Ten Conference as he led the team with 910 yards and seven touchdowns on 51 catches (17.8 avg).

Colston sat out the 2004 season to recover from November 2003 shoulder surgery. He returned with a vengeance in 2005. Now tipping the scales at over 230 pounds, he punished cornerbacks all season, ranking 10th in the nation in receptions per game and 14th in yards gained receiving per game. He led the Pride with a career-high 70 catches for 975 yards (13.5 avg) and five touchdowns.

In 40 games with the Pride, Colston started 37 times. He finished second on the school's career list with 182 receptions and set a Hofstra record with 2,834 yards receiving. He converted 18 of those catches into touchdowns.


Positives: Has a tall, thick frame with long limbs … Physical player who excels on slants and crossing patterns, as he uses his size to shield defenders from the ball … Has enough leg drive to break tackles … Uses his hands effectively to power through the jam and his size makes it difficult for cornerbacks in attempts to reroute him or knock him off his patterns … Has the field awareness to settle in the zone's soft spot and does a good job of using his body to wall off defenders … Fearless catching in a crowd and is the type that will dish out more punishment than he gets working in traffic … Can outmaneuver smaller defenders for a jump ball … Times his leaps well to get to the ball at its high point.

Negatives: At his maximum weight for a receiver (any more bulk might dictate a move to tight end) … Will throttle down and observe the action when he is not involved in the play … Has good timed speed, but because of his long stride and inability to stay low in his pads, he can't generate the burst needed to separate on long routes … Lacks plant-and-drive agility, spending too much time rounding his cuts and gathering at the top of the route … Has had ball concentration issues that resulted in several costly fumbles … Does not have the second gear needed to separate and turn a small catch into a big gain … Needs to explode out of his cuts better and this is caused mostly when he fails to drop his route in his patterns … Has large hands, but will sometimes short arm going for the ball in a crowd or double catch (see 2005 Northeastern and Richmond games).

Colston has a tall frame with long limbs and adequate muscle definition. He added bulk during the off-season and his frame is at maximum growth potential for a receiver without losing any of his burst and quickness. Much like former Green Bay Packer Tyrone Davis and former New Orleans Saint Eddie "Boo" Williams, Colston might eventually fill out more and will then probably have to shift to tight end at the pro level.

Colston is a tough, physical receiver who relished his role as a chain-mover. He has a strong release, but needs to be more consistent generating explosion coming off the line of scrimmage. He is a bit of a long strider, but has the sudden burst to separate after the catch. Despite his excellent timed speed, he does not have good initial quickness, as he needs to build to top speed.

As a route-runner, Colston needs to refine his technique. He rounds his cuts too often and while he shows a good burst after the catch, his long stride makes him appear lazy getting into his routes. In order to be effective, he will need to explode out of his cuts better. He runs mostly slants and underneath routes and needs to recognize movement better.

Colston has the speed to elude, but prefers to power through defenders coming out of his breaks and this resulted in several costly fumbles in 2005 (see Richmond and Northeastern games). He knows how to use his size to wall off defenders and shield the ball. He has large hands and long arms to reach and pluck the ball, but most of his drops are caused by a lack of concentration.

Colston likes the contact working over the middle. He is not afraid to take a hit going over the middle and this attitude, combined with his body growth, could see him more effective as an underneath target at tight end rather than lining up at split end. He has the body control to twist and turn to make the catch in a crowd and shows good flexibility to secure the pass at its high point (just needs better consistency).

At the level he played at, he still struggled when having to go deep and needs to stay lower in his pads and show better hip snap to generate more explosion in his routes. Before 2005, he would try to overpower defenders, but now shows better balance and leg drive. He developed some wiggle to escape initial contact, but when he gathers before cutting, he negates his timed speed.

His frame and aggressiveness would make him an effective blocker, but he will lose concentration at times, keep his arms short and this allows defenders to slip past in backside pursuit. The talent and strength are there to be a good in-line blocker. He just needs to develop better overall consistency.

Colston is an interesting prospect because of his size and timed speed. He needs to show more explosiveness in his burst and develop better consistency. He is prone to mental lapses on the field and while he is a hard worker, he is not regarded as leadership material. He needs to be pushed at times, as he tends to get lazy, but overall, he has been a good program player. Based on his size/speed ratio, if he continues to run well in private workouts, he could sneak into the mid-to-late round draft picture.

Career Notes

Ranks second in school history with 182 receptions, topped only by Steve Jackson (206, 1997-2000) … His 2,834 yards receiving broke the previous Hofstra career record of 2,649 by Charlie Adams (1998-2001) … His 265 yards receiving vs. Liberty in 2003 broke the old school record of 245 yards by Wayne Chrebet vs. Delaware in 1994.

2005 Season

All-American second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … All-Atlantic Ten Conference first-team choice … Ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 6.36 catches per game and 14th with an average of 88.64 yards receiving per game … Started all year at split end, leading the team with a career-high 70 receptions for 975 yards (13.9 avg) and nine touchdowns … His 70 catches are tied for sixth on the school's single-season list behind Bryan Kish (82 in 1997), Wayne Morris (80 in 1991), Wayne Yearwood (76 in 1997), Devale Ellis (74 in 2004) and Steve Jackson (73 in 1999) … His 975 yards are topped only by Rahmal Roy (1,221 in 2001), Wayne Chrebet (1,200 in 1994), Bryan Kish (1,084 in 1997), Devale Ellis (1,067 in 2004) and Charlie Adams (1,006 in 2000) on the Pride's single-season list. Also rushed twice for 18 yards … Two of his career-high four fumbles were recovered by the opposition … Gained over 100 yards receiving in four games.

2005 Game Analysis

Albany N.Y … .Returned to the football field for the first time since 2003 … Responded with six receptions for 118 yards, capping a second quarter 88-yard, 8-play drive with a 44-yard touchdown … Also had a 31-yard scoring catch of an Anton Clarkson pass in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Kamar Elliott.

Stony Brook … Only had three catches, but they were good for 95 yards, including a season-long 74-yard touchdown on a bomb thrown by QB Anton Clarkson in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Adam Barzar.

Furman … Followed with seven receptions for 64 yards and an 11-yard score that ended a

7-play, 64-yard drive in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Andrew Thacker.

James Madison … Caught six passes for 89 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Clint Kent.

Delaware … Totaled 50 yards on eight receptions … Head to Head Competition -- CB Aaron Hicks.

Maine … Gained 7 yards on a reverse and 58 yards on four catches, including a 21-yard touchdown on a fourth quarter pass from QB Dennis Davis … Head to Head Competition -- CB Manauris Arias.

Richmond … Fumbled twice, including one that was recovered by the Spiders to set up a scoring drive … Finished with five receptions for 100 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Damien McCallum.

Rhode Island … Rushed for an 11-yard gain and caught eight passes for 82 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Virgil Gray.

New Hampshire … Picked up 43 yards on five catches … Head to Head Competition -- CB Etienne Boulay.

Northeastern … For the second time in four games, Colston had a pair of fumbles, with one recovered by the opposition … Made up for them with a career-high 10 receptions for 105 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Bismark Osei.

Massachusetts … Closed out his career with a season-high 171 yards on eight catches … Head to Head Competition -- CB Steve Costello.

2004 Season

Underwent left shoulder surgery in November, 2003 … Even though he was given clearance by team doctors to play in 2004, Colston decided to sit out the year to let his shoulder fully heal.

2003 Season

Started all year at split end, leading the team with 51 receptions for 910 yards (17.8 avg) and seven touchdowns … His 910 yards rank 13th on the school's season list … Ranked fifth in the Atlantic Ten Conference with an average of 75.8 yards per game receiving … Gained over 100 yards receiving vs. Massachusetts and Liberty … Turned the ball over once on a fumble (vs. Massachusetts).

2003 Game Analysis

Maine … Gained 52 yards on four catches.

Elon … Followed with five receptions for 42 yards.

James Madison … Caught a first quarter 65-yard scoring bomb from QB Anton Clarkson, finishing with 72 yards on two catches.

Delaware … Gained 52 yards on three receptions, including a 35-yard touchdown on a third quarter pass from QB Andrew English.

Massachusetts … Turned the ball over on a fumble, but made up for it with a season-high nine catches, good for 120 yards.

New Hampshire … Caught six passes for 99 yards.

William and Mary … Collected 63 yards on five receptions.

Villanova … Hooked up with QB Bobby Seck on touchdown passes of 20 and 5 yards in the first quarter, finishing with 94 yards on six catches.

Liberty … Set a school single-game record with 267 yards on seven receptions, scoring on a 91-yard bomb in the first quarter, followed by Bobby Seck's 16-yard pass that capped a 9-play, 92-yard drive, and a 59-yarder in the fourth quarter … His 267 yards topped the previous record of 245 yards by Wayne Chrebet vs. Delaware in 1994 … His 91-yarder was the longest catch by a Hofstra player since Jim Thorpe's 96-yard play vs. Southern Connecticut in 1967.

2002 Season

Lined up at split end, caught 47 passes for 614 yards (13.1 avg) and three touchdowns … Gained over 100 yards receiving in the New Hampshire game … Also attempted an incomplete pass vs. William and Mary … Ranked 10th in the Atlantic Ten Conference with an average of 51.2 yards per game receiving.

2002 Game Analysis

Montana … Began the season with five catches for 53 yards.

New Hampshire … Had 105 yards with a 9-yard score on eight receptions.

James Madison … Made eight catches for 90 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown on a pass from QB Ryan Cosenitno late in the third quarter.

Northeastern … Added 82 yards on three receptions.

Elon … Caught six passes for 94 yards.

Massachusetts … Caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Cosenitno with 2:18 left to give the Pride a 31-28 victory … Finished with eight catches for 83 yards.

2001 Season

Played in five late-season games (Delaware, Elon, New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova) … Recorded 14 catches for 335 yards (23.9 avg) and three touchdowns.

2002 GAME Analysis

New Hampshire … Colston's first career reception was good for a 22-yard gain.

Richmond … Earned Atlantic Ten Conference Rookie of the Week honors after catching four passes for 163 yards, capping a 5-play, 94-yard drive in the first quarter by catching a 73-yard scoring strike from QB Rocky Butler … Butler would later end a 79-yard, 7-play drive with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Colston in the second quarter.

Villanova … Followed with nine catches for 150 yards and a 33-yard touchdown.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb during a spring (5/01) workout … Underwent left shoulder surgery to repair a torn ligament after the season (11/26) and then decided to sit out the 2004 season to let the injury fully heal.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … 325-pound bench press … 33 3/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 26/34 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Susquehanna Township (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Nawa … Lettered four times in football and was a three-year member of the track team … All-Conference selection at both receiver and defensive end as a senior … Made 37 catches for 412 yards and blocked three punts in 2000 … District III qualifier in track.


Interdisciplinary Studies major … Born 6/05/83 … Resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


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