Colclough comes to terms with Steelers  

from staff reports

  PITTSBURGH -- Former Tusculum College cornerback Ricardo Colclough, the second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has reached an agreement on his first NFL contract, a four-year deal worth $3.27.
  The 38th player selected overall, Colclough is the second-highest drafted player to date to reach an accord. The only higher pick with a contract in place is linebacker Jason Babin, the latter of the Houston Texans' two first-round picks and the 27th player taken overall in the draft. Colclough is just the third player in the second round, and the sixth player chosen in the first three rounds, to come to terms.
  Colclough will receive a signing bonus of $1,892,800 and minimum base salaries of $230,000 (2004), $305,000 (2005), $385,000 (2006) and $460,000 (2007).
  He is the first-ever gridiron player in school history to be drafted by the NFL. Being the sixth selection in the second round, Colclough is the highest drafted player in South Atlantic Conference history.
  Colclough, a native of Sumter, S.C., opened a lot of eyes at January's Senior Bowl where he was named the North Squad's Most Valuable Defensive Player. Colclough was credited with five tackles (two solos) and a pair of pass break-ups against some of the finest NFL prospects in the nation.
  Colclough garnered All-American honors from six organizations and publications last season, making him the most decorated football player in Tusculum history. He was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press,,, Daktronics and Football Gazette. He was named the National Defensive Back of the Year by the Football Gazette.
  He recorded 59 tackles (37 solo) with 24 passes defended including 11 interceptions. Colclough's passes defended and interception totals in 2003 established new school records and ranked third in NCAA II. In addition, he averaged 29.1 yards per kick return with two touchdowns and 14.2 yards per punt return with one touchdown in route to first team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-South Region First Team honors at both positions.
  For his efforts, he was named SAC Male Athlete of the Year, SAC Defensive Player of the Year and was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which honors the Division II National Player of the Year. He was also honored by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association as its 2004 College Football Player of the Year.
  Tusculum recorded its best season in gridiron history going 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, claiming its first-ever football title.