North Pole's Colledge Finds Home On Frozen Tundra

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Boise State is an untapped football resource, but then again so is the North Pole.

After bolstering their defense in the first round, the Green Bay Packers moved to help the offense by drafting tackle Daryn Colledge.

A native of North Pole, Alaska, Colledge was a 2005 first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection with Boise State. In his senior season he also tied a school record with 51 consecutive starts. He also set school records in the weight room. He holds Boise State records in the power clean, hang clean and back squat.

Durable, powerful and quick, Colledge hopes to make an immediate impact on the Packers' offense.

"We feel very strongly he can be an inside or outside player," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "We'll just have to work him in. He's very powerful; I think he can be very effective run-blocking on the second level in our scheme. We're trying to put the best five guys out there, and we feel he can help us get there."

Coming from a town of around 1,400 people in Alaska, Colledge is looking forward to staying in a smaller town environment in Green Bay.

"I'm a small-town kid," Colledge said. "It taught me how to play and compete. I am looking forward to being in the same kind of environment."

Another environment that will be similar for Colledge is a zone-blocking scheme. McCarthy will be implementing the scheme this season and Boise State used a similar style of offense.

The Packers' coaching staff believes Colledge will be able to play both the guard and tackle positions.

Colledge received pre-draft interest from Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Dallas and New England before being drafted by the Packers. Colledge was thrilled to be selected, and is looking forward to the opportunity to play right away.

"We got a lot of interest from them at the combine," Colledge said. "In talking with my coaches and agent we felt like that this was the place we wanted to be and were excited about."

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