40  O.C. Collins
O.C. Collins

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dacula, GA

High School:
Dacula HS

Weight:
185

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
4L


Career Summary: Lettered four seasons for the Tigers and was a consistent starter throughout his career...Was the top freshman for the Tigers in 2002...Finished the season as the team's second-leading tackler and co-leader in pass interceptions...Ranked fifth in the nation in tackles among true freshman at NCAA 1-A institutions...Moved from safety to corner during the 2003 season...Totaled a season-high six tackles against Ole Miss...Finished his sophomore season with 36 tackles and one interception...Started all 12 games at right cat safety in 2004...Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 80...Aggressive defender who totaled two interceptions, five pass breakups and two sacks...Recorded double digit tackles in three career games, including a career-high of 12 tackles against USM in 2002...Had a long interception return of 48 yards against Tulane in 2002.

Honors: Named to the 2002 C-USA All-Freshman Team...Selected to The Sporting News' Freshman All-America Team and the publication's Freshman All-Conference USA Team...Named to Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team.

2005 Highlights: A veteran cornerback who saw action in 11 of the 12 games as a senior...Did not play against Tulsa but returned to a starting role at cat safety against UTEP and grabbed a game ending pass interception of a Jordan Palmer pass...Logged seven tackles against UTEP, including four solo stops...Starter at corner against Houston and logged eight tackles including six solo stops in win over Cougars...Was the leading tackler for Memphis in the victory over East Carolina with seven stops...Was credited with two tackles and one pass interception in the Memphis victory over Southern Miss...Interception vs. USM led to a second quarter Tiger touchdown...Second on the squad with nine tackles in the Motor City Bowl...Ended the 2005 campaign as the team's fourth leading tackler with 55...Also totaled two pass interceptions, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.

2004: Starter for all 12 games at right cat safety...Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 80...Was second on the team in solo stops with 41...Tallied five TFLs for 38 yards...Aggressive defender who totaled two interceptions, five pass break ups and two sacks...Had a sack for a loss of 21 yards against UAB...Also totaled a sack for a loss of nine yards versus East Carolina...Ranked 28th in Conference USA in tackles per game with 6.7...Starter at cat safety for season opener against Ole Miss...Logged five tackles including four solo stops in Memphis's 20-13 win over the Rebels...Tied for the team lead in tackles in the win over Chattanooga with eight...Had his first pass interception of the season in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State on the road...Also credited with seven tackles and one pass break up against the Indians...Registered his second pass interception of the season against UAB, returning the pick for 22 yards...Also logged four solo tackles against the Blazers...Was credited with three tackles in the Memphis win over Houston...Had seven tackles and three pass breakups in the victory against Tulane...Logged five tackles in the Tigers' game with Cincinnati...Registered a season-high 10 tackles and a tackle for lost yardage in the Louisville contest...Led team in solo tackles against Louisville with six...Logged seven tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the Tigers' win over Southern Mississippi...Recorded six tackles, one tackle for lost yardage and one quarterback sack in the Memphis win over East Carolina...Recorded nine tackles, including one tackle for lost yardage in the Memphis win over USF...Was second on the squad in tackles in the GMAC Bowl with nine, five of which were solo stops...

2003: A veteran defensive back who was moved from safety to corner for the 2003 season...Started the Tennessee Tech game at cornerback...Logged six tackles in the Tiger win over Ole Miss on ESPN2...Had four tackles against Southern Miss and one stop in the Arkansas State contest...Did not start the UAB game but came in for the injured Lee Hayes (broken ankle) in the second quarter...Was the Tigers' starting corner against Mississippi State...Had two tackles against Mississippi State...Started at corner against Houston and helped the secondary limit Brandon Middleton to just two catches for 13 yards...Had another outstanding outing against Tulane when the Tigers limited to the Green Wave to just 105 yards passing...Had his first interception of the season when he grabbed a J.P. Losman pass prior to halftime and returned it six yards...Had four tackles and two pass breakups in the victory over East Carolina...Was credited with five tackles in the Louisville game...Credited with four tackles in the regular-season finale against USF... Was starter at corner in the 2003 New Orleans Bowl, and was credited with one solo tackle in the Tigers' 27-17 win over North Texas...

2002: One of the more impressive true freshmen in the nation during the 2002 season...Was the most decorated of the Memphis freshmen in 2002...Was named to the 2002 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, as well as several freshman all-America squads...Saw action in a reserve role in the season opener against Murray State and was credited with seven tackles and one pass interception which he returned for 35 yards...Became the Memphis starter at safety for the Ole Miss game and totaled six tackles against the Rebels...Improved his play the following week against Southern Miss when he tallied 12 tackles, including five solo hits...Pulled in his second pass interception against Tulane and returned it 48 yards...Also had seven tackles in the win over the Green Wave...Had double-digit tackles in the UAB game with 10 hits, including nine solo tackles...Had seven solo tackles against Cincinnati and six on national TV against Louisville...Gained his team-leading third pass interception of the season in the Memphis win over Army...Finished the season as the team's second-leading tackler and co-leader in pass interceptions...Was ranked fifth in the nation in tackles among true freshmen at NCAA 1-A institutions ... For his play, was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America team, the Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team and The Sporting News Freshman All-Conference USA Team...

Prep: Was a four-year starter at Dacula High for Coach Kevin Maloof...Was named to the 2001 Georgia All-State team (2nd)...Played both quarterback and safety as a senior...Was credited with a team-leading 115 tackles, two pass interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2001...Helped his team to a 10-3 record and a spot in the state playoffs...Named the Atlanta Constitution-Journal Player of the Week in 2001 for his play against No. 3 ranked Collins Hill...Logged two pass interceptions and returned one 55-yards for a touchdown in upset win over Collins Hill...Is ranked fifth in Dacula High history in pass interceptions with 11 and third in longest interception return for a touchdown (56 yards)...Career totals read 317 tackles, 11 pass interceptions and seven fumble recoveries...

Personal: Oliver Charles Collins is the son of Randall and Tammy Expose...Born Oct. 22, 1983...Majoring in interdisciplinary studies and plans to graduate in August 2006.

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