Keary Colbert, a former standout USC and NFL wide receiver, begins his first year as a graduate assistant. He'll work with the tight ends.
Colbert, 28, started 4 years (2000-03) at wide receiver at USC. He set the since-broken USC all-time receptions record (207) while gaining 2,964 receiving yards and catching 19 touchdown passes in his career. He caught a pass in his last 36 games and had 6 career 100-yard receiving games. The Trojans captured the national championship in 2003 and won the 2003 Orange Bowl and 2004 Rose Bowl. As a 2003 senior, he was a team captain, won USC's Most Inspirational Award, earned All-Pac-10 second team honors and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl after catching 69 passes for 1,013 yards with 9 TDs. He caught 2 touchdowns in the 2004 Rose Bowl. As a 2002 junior, he had 71 catches for 1,029 yards with 5 TDs and was named All-Pac-10 second team and USC's Bob Chandler Award winner. He and teammate Mike Williams tied an NCAA record in 2002 and again in 2003 for teammates both having 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He added 34 receptions for 442 yards and 2 TDs as a 2001 sophomore and 33 catches for 480 yards with 3 scores as a 2000 freshman.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers and spent 5 years (2004-08) in the NFL. He was with the Panthers for the first 4 of those seasons (2004-07), where he started 45 of the 58 games he played (including his first 34) and caught 112 passes for 1,464 yards and 7 TDs (with a pair of 100-yard games). He set Carolina rookie season records for receptions (47), receiving yards (754) and receiving touchdowns (5) in 2004. He helped the Panthers reach the 2005 NFC Championship game, catching 25 passes for 282 yards and 2 scores that season. After grabbing 5 passes for 56 yards in 2006, he added 32 receptions for 332 yards in 2007.
He spent 2008 with 3 teams, the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks (7 catches, 52 yards, 1 TD with 4 starts) and Detroit Lions (5 catches, 64 yards with 3 starts). He was with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2009.
He was a prep All-American at Hueneme High in Oxnard (Calif.), where he also was on the track team.
He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from USC in 2006. He is working on his master's degree in communication.
He was born May 21, 1982. He is single. He has a 2-year-old son, Kaden. Among his cousins are former Arizona State defensive lineman Tommie Townsend (1999-2001), who also attended USC, and current USC freshman safety Patrick Hall.
BIRTHDAY: May 21, 1982