Gannon Defensive Tackle Signs with NFL
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1/14/2014 | Football
ERIE, Pa. - Former Gannon football standout Randy Colling (Arcade, N.Y./Pioneer) has signed a professional future's contract with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL).
Colling's contract kicks in once the current NFL season is completed and the start of the new season begins as outlined by the NFL labor agreement. He most recently played with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, seeing action in 16 of 18 games last season when he finished as the team's leader in sacks (4) and tackles for a loss (5). The defensive lineman was the Gladiators' sixth-leading tackler with 29 stops, including 17 solo tackles. He also forced a team-best three fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
The Arcade, N.Y., native recorded his first career sack against the Tampa Bay Storm during his first action of the year in week two. Colling had sacks during three contests of a four-game stretch midway through the campaign. He produced a season-high four tackles on three different occasions, including four solo stops against the Chicago Rush in week 17.
Colling spent time in several NFL mini-camps in 2012 including the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers, before signing his first professional contract with the Cleveland Gladiators. He was named to six different all-america teams as a senior at Gannon in 2011, including first-team selections by the Beyond Sports College Network (BSN) and D2football.com. Colling was also named to the Associated Press Little All-America, the Daktronics All-America and the D2PRODAY.COM All-America second teams. His final all-america honor landed him a spot on the Don Hansen All-America honorable-mention squad.
Considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever put on a Gannon uniform, Colling was the first player in school history to earn D2Football.com All-America first-team status. Pat Cain and Darmel Whitfield received honorable-mention accolades in 2003. He was the first Gannon football player since 1949 to be named an Associated Press Little All-American. Art Arkelian and Al Feeney were both named AP Little All-Americans following the 1949 campaign.
Colling also became the first player in school history to earn Daktronics All-America honors. Golden Knights have been named All-American 27 times during the program's 26-year history. Those honors came from D2football.com, the Don Hansen Football Gazette, the Associated Press, D2PRODAY.COM and BSN.
Colling was one of four defensive linemen named to the D2Football.com All-America first team. Also a Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year finalist, Colling earned All-PSAC first-team and all-region honors three consecutive seasons. He was second among PSAC players as a senior with 21.5 tackles for a loss that resulted in minus 89 yards. Colling recorded 88 tackles (39 solo, 49 assisted), nine sacks that resulted in a loss of 59 yards, two blocked kicks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. His sack total was the second-highest single-season mark in school history and his tackles for a loss total fell just one-half shy of the school's single-season record.
A 2011 Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Division II Preseason All-America selection, Colling ranked third among PSAC players in sacks and eighth in tackles per game (8.0). He ranked sixth among all NCAA Division II players in tackles for a loss per game (1.95) and 22nd in sacks per game (0.82).
Colling concluded his collegiate career second all-time at Gannon in career sacks (25) and 12th in tackles (220). His 48 career tackles for a loss were 6.5 shy of the school record.
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