USU Football: Jaren Colston-Green Living the Dream by Following in His Father’s Footsteps

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USU Football: Jaren Colston-Green Living the Dream by Following in His Father’s Footsteps


Denniston, Wade, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)


Jaren Colston-Green would love nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Why wouldn’t he? After all, those footsteps belonging to Willie Green spent eight seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998.

“It was great going to the games and meeting all the players,” Colston-Green said. “I wanted to be just like him when I grew up and play wide receiver.”

Colston-Green is doing just that. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Tallahassee, Florida, is in his senior season at Utah State and gives the Aggies athleticism and versatility on the outside.

“He’s one of those guys that is extremely athletic for us and has the capability of being a big-time wideout,” said USU outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight. “His speed and the way he gets in and out of his routes, he is so athletic, and has been able to contribute in different ways for us that some guys just don’t have.”

Through the first seven games of his senior season, Colston-Green has caught six passes for 100 yards (16.7 yards per catch), including a long of 40.

“Coming out of the spring and the fall, Jaren was the guy that we were saying that this offense and the way it works, kind of suits and favors him a little bit better,” Bouknight said. “We thought he would have a little bit more production right now, but hopefully it picks up when teams start keying in on Ron’quavion (Tarver).”

Colston-Green would love for that to happen.

“I want to make more big plays when the opportunity is given,” he said.

Heading into Saturday’s game at UNLV, Colston-Green has played in 26 career games with the Aggies since his sophomore season in 2015. He has recorded 14 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns.

As a junior in 2016, Colston-Green averaged a team-best 29.3 yards per reception and had a 23-yard touchdown catch against San Diego State.

“His top-end speed is his greatest strength, and then the way he gets in and out of his routes,” Bouknight said.

Colston-Green began his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, where he redshirted in 2013. Following that season, he transferred to Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, and had 11 catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman in 2014.

“I walked on at Oklahoma State my freshman year,” Colston-Green said. “I redshirted and then I transferred to a junior college. Oklahoma State couldn’t offer me a scholarship until my junior year because I hadn’t been in the program long enough, and I couldn’t afford it.”

The decision to transfer to Arizona Western paid off as he helped the Matadors end the season as the fifth-ranked team in the NJCAA after defeating Central Lakes College-Brainerd in the El Toro Bowl. Arizona Western tied the school record for wins that year with 11.

Furthermore, Colston-Green was on the Dean’s List for the spring semester. …

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