April 25, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State defensive backs Jason David and Erik Coleman became members of the Indianapolis Colts and New Yorks Jets Sunday after being taken in the fourth and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft.
David, who collected 16 interceptions during his Cougar career, was picked up by the Colts with the 125th pick overall in the fourth round.
"Obviously it would have been nice to go earlier and this morning I was sitting at home a little disappointed," David said. "I was actually on the phone with my agent and the Indianapolis Colts called. I talked with the team president and then head coach Tony Dungy. It was crazy. I'm excited about the opportunity to come in and contribute for a great franchise like the Colts."
David is the WSU record holder with 318 career interception return yards and three interception returns for touchdowns. The Covina, Calif., native helped the Cougars knock off Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl with an 18-yard fumble recovery for a score.
Coleman became a Jet with the 143rd pick overall in the fifth round. The Spokane, Wash., native and 2003 WSU team captain finished his college career with 234 tackles and 12 interceptions, tied for seventh on the school's all-time list.
The free safety pulled off a historical double during the Cougars' 2003 campaign, earning the Pac-10's player of the week award for defense and special teams in the same game. Against UCLA, Coleman recorded 10 tackles, picked off two passes, and forced two fumbles, becoming the first conference player to earn both awards.
David and Coleman join receiver Devard Darling as Washington State's three representatives in the 2004 NFL Draft. Darling was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round. WSU has not had more than two players taken in a single year since 1998.