View Full Version : Q&A: Ricardo Colclough.....

05-31-2006, 08:00 AM
When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded up in the second round three years ago to select cornerback Ricardo Colclough from Tusculum College, many fans had to get out a map to find out where Tusculum was.


After two seasons, they might have to check missing persons to find out where Colclough is.

Going into his third season, Colclough hasn?t progressed as quickly as the Steelers would like. Last year, they used another second-round pick to bring in Bryant McFadden. And by the end of the season, McFadden had surpassed Colclough on the depth chart.

As if that wasn?t bad enough, the Steelers then went out and re-signed Deshea Townsend, meaning Colclough is currently No. 4 on the team?s depth chart at cornerback. And the Steelers also added return men Santonio Holmes and Willie Reid in the draft, meaning his job as a punt and kickoff returner could also be in jeopardy.

We caught up with Colclough recently to check his state of mind:

SCI: Have things gone the way you had planned here?

RC: No. I?ve tried to make the most of my opportunities, but when you?re not always out there for a number of plays at a time, it can be tough. I feel like I?m progressing though. I?m just out here working hard and, hopefully, everything will fall into place.

SCI: But have you made the progression from a small school to the NFL as well as you?d like?

RC: I think so. I don?t feel overmatched out there or anything like that. I know I can play in this league.

SCI: It seems like you were in position to make a lot of plays last year, but for whatever reason, you didn?t make them.

RC: That?s why were out here now. I?ve looked at everything on film from last year and I was in position to make plays, but you?re right, I didn?t always make them. Hopefully I can change that.

SCI: At least they didn?t bring in another cornerback like they did last year, drafting Bryant.

RC: Yeah, I think the team has confidence in me. I have confidence and I know I can play this game.

SCI: They did bring in some return guys in the draft. That was your job back there. Are you going to have to do something special back there in the preseason to keep it?

RC: I guess so. Maybe I need to bust one. I don?t know. I just want to do whatever they ask me to do to help this team win.

By: Dale Lolley
Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter
Date: May 30, 2006

05-31-2006, 09:27 AM
I know a lot of people have been down on Colclough but I think he still has potential. It took Taylor a couple of years to adjust so hopefully this is Colclough's year. He has great speed and had 11 INT's his Senior year so I'd hate to give up on him.

05-31-2006, 09:38 AM
It's never a good sign when a rookie (McFadden) comes in and takes your job. I'm not sure how high the Steelers FO is on Coke. He hasn't shown me much of anything since he joined the team. While I understand he's still young, he should be showing some signs of improvement and capable of doing some of the smaller duties on this team. Kickoffs for example. I hold my breath every time the guy returns a ball. Unless he shows something in TC, I'm not so sure how much longer he will be around.

05-31-2006, 12:53 PM
I gotta think the FO is gonn a give this guy at least a couple more seasons to develop.... You dont draft a guy from Tusculum and expect him to come in and perform at a high level right away.... he is our #4 CB right now.... he plays on all special teams (remember the big return at SD in 05??).... he is one of the 4 or 5 fastest guys on the team....and he provides insurance for our first 3 CBs. Deshea's contract is not a long one and Ike's contract situation just scares me to death.... keep Ric around... let him develop and hope ya never have to start him before he is ready....

05-31-2006, 01:03 PM
I like McFadden, I think he will be the number 3 CB by the end of the year

05-31-2006, 01:20 PM
I like McFadden, I think he will be the number 3 CB by the end of the year

I already think McFadden is the #3 CB and who knows,maybe he'll be the #2 sometime this year.

05-31-2006, 01:33 PM
I'm looking for McFadden to win a starting role coming out of camp. I love his instincts and aggressiveness -- look at all the plays he made last year, in limited playing time. He had the last-play-pick against Jax to force overtime, the sack/forced-fumble/pancake-block trifecta against the Packers, defensed the two final passes against Indy to force the FG attempt in the playoffs... all in his rookie year! Without knocking Troy, it's worth remembering that he didn't do anything close to that as a rookie DB.

At any rate, competition at CB should be fun to watch this summer. Fierce.

05-31-2006, 01:37 PM
A Big year for Coke no doubt.
Thinkin' he will respond well and have a very good season.
He needs to with FA in his future and lack of playing time looking apparent.

05-31-2006, 06:19 PM
This will be the best camp battle, Coke vs. Mac vs. Deshea.

05-31-2006, 06:53 PM
We should have a great cb battle in camp

05-31-2006, 11:10 PM
Look for Coke to move up this year, it takes Dbs around 3 years to finally get used to the NFL esp when coming from smaller schools, McFadden came from FSU so he had a lot of xp against top notch opponents, but look at what Taylor did in his 3rd year, i'd expect that kind of jump from Coke, i wouldnt be too surprised at the end of the year if Deshea was the 4th db behind Taylor, McFadden, and Coke