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Inside the Numbers Part V

    <span style="">             <span style="">In the weeks leading up to the start of the New Orleans Saints' 2009 training camp, will take an inside look at some interesting facts and figures of various high-profile players on the Saints' roster. This is part five in the series.</span>                 
            <span style="">WIDE RECEIVER MARQUES COLSTON</span>               
            <span style="">Height:</span> 6-4  

Weight: 225
NFL Experience in 2009: 4th Season
Years with Saints: 4th Season
College: Hofstra


  • Since joining the Saints as a seventh round draft choice in 2006, Colston has ascended to the status as one of the NFL's top receiving targets. He is ranked among the receiving leaders in all major categories in his first three seasons and has had one of the fastest starts to a career for a player in most receiving categories during this period of time despite missing seven games due to injury. The club's receiving leader in most categories during his first two seasons (2006 & 2007), Colston has recorded 215 catches for 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns over the course of his stellar young career. He is currently already ranked ninth in club record books in receptions, seventh in receiving yardage and sixth in receiving touchdowns.
  • Despite missing five games with a thumb injury in 2008, Colston finished ranked fourth on the team in receptions, third in receiving yardage and second in touchdown grabs with 47 catches for 760 yards and five touchdowns.
  • With 11 100-yard receiving games, only two Saints have surpassed the century mark as many times or more than Colston (Joe Horn-27 and Eric Martin-18). Colston has also recorded at least one touchdown reception in 18 of his 41 career contests-including five multiple touchdown games.
  • Of his 215 career receptions, 150 have gone for a first down (69.8%). Over that span, Colston has 60 receptions for 957 yards and nine touchdowns on third downs.
  • With 12 in 2008, 14 in 2007 and 15 in 2006, Colston has registered 41 receptions of 20 yards of more over the last the last three seasons, including touchdowns of 86, 70, 47, 35, 26, 25 and 21 yards.
  • Colston has the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns over the course of his first three campaigns by any player ever drafted by the Saints.
    Player                               Years Rec.     Yards       TDs
    Marques Colston    2006-2008   215     3,000   24   
    Reggie Bush 2006-2008 213 1,599  8
    Danny Abramowicz 1967-1969 177 2,626 20
    Eric Martin 1976-1978 169 1,267  3
    Wes Chandler 1978-1980 165 2,516 14
    Rank Player  Years               Rec.        Yards        TDs
    1. Anquan Boldin 2003-2005 259 3,402 16
    2. LaDainian Tomlinson 2001-2003 238 1,581   5
    3. Larry Fitzgerald 2004-2006 230 3,135 24
    4t. Brandon Marshall 2006-2008 226 2,899 15
    4t. Randy Moss 1998-2000 226 4,163 43
    6. Issac Bruce 1994-1996 224 3,391 23
    7. Keyshawn Johnson 1996-1998 216 2,938 23
    8t. Marques Colston 2006-2008 215 3,000 24
    8t. Torry Holt 1999-2001 215 3,786 19
    8t. Andre Rison 1989-1991 215 3,004 26


  • 5: Multiple-touchdown games in his career. Colston grabbed a career-high three touchdowns at San Francisco (10/28/2007).
  • 11: Colston has had over 100 yards receiving 11 times in his brief career, including three games with over 150 yards. Only two other players in club history have reached the 100-yard milestone as often.
  • 11: Though he has appeared in only 41 regular season games, Colston has hauled in eight ore more pass in 11 contests.
  • 25: Receptions of 25 yards of more over the last three seasons. This marks the second-highest total for a Saints during this period and is tied for the 14th most by an NFL player during this timeline.
  • 69.8: Percent of his 215 receptions that have moved the chains, as 150 of his grabs have gone for a first down since the start of the 2006 season.
  • 86: Colston recorded an 86-yard touchdown catch at Carolina (10/1/2006), the longest regular season touchdown grab in team history for a rookie and the fourth-longest overall in club annals. The play was recorded in just his fourth regular season game as a professional.
  • 159: Yards on 10 catches vs. Jacksonville (11/4/2007), which marked his season high. Colston had four 100-yard games in 2007 and over 90 yards in three other contests.
  • 215: Receptions in his first three seasons, the highest total by a Saint in his first three campaigns, as well as tied for eighth among NFL players in the first three years of their playing careers.
  • 455: Yards in a three-game stretch in 2006 (10/29-11/12), the most receiving yards over such a span in club history. He recorded over 100-yards in all three games, a streak he would also equal in 2007.
  • 869: Receiving yards in the first nine games of his career, more than any other player in NFL history in their opening nine contests.
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