Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
2012 (FRESHMAN): Came off the bench in all 14 games, recording 17 tackles and blocking a punt ... tied for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles, including nine on kickoff coverage and one on punt coverage ... started on the kickoff and punt coverage units on and saw reserve action at safety. Florida Atlantic: Totaled four tackles (one solo) in win over Owls. Missouri: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... blocked a punt. Tennessee: Assisted on two tackles in win against the Vols. Mississippi State: Had one solo tackle in win over Bulldogs. LSU: Assisted on one tackle in win against the Tigers. Western Carolina: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the coaching staff ... registered two tackles, (one solo) in shutout. Auburn: Named one of the special teams players of the week by coaching staff ... tied season high with four tackles. Notre Dame: Made three solo tackles in a commanding 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A consensus five-star prospect and the No. 1 safety in the nation by ESPNU and 247sports.com and a unanimous top player in the state of Louisiana ... a Parade All-American ... first-team USA Today High School All-American ... the No. 3 prospect nationally by 247sports.com and the No. 6 overall talent by ESPNU ... starred in the Under Armour All-American Game, recording an interception and keying a goal-line stand ... ESPNU has Collins as the No. 2 overall recruit in the Southeast ... MaxPrep's Tom Lemming ranks him as the No. 10 overall player and the top safety ... Rivals.com rates him as the No. 17 overall player and the No. 2 safety while Scout.com lists him 20th overall and the No. 2 safety ... No. 3 on the SuperPrep Elite 50 list ... a SuperPrep All-American, the publication's No. 1 defensive back and the top player in Louisiana as well as the SuperPrep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year ... No. 19 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 1 safety ... No. 3 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... 2012 247sports.com All-American as a defensive back ... selected to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... was clocked at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash with an astounding 43.5-inch vertical ... excelled on both sides of the ball as a senior, becoming the first player in Louisiana Sports Writers Association history to earn 5A All-State honors on both sides of the ball ... also LSWA 5A All-State selection as a junior ... had 34 tackles with four interceptions - two returned for touchdowns - on the defensive side of the ball while rushing for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense while averaging 13.7 yards per carry ... as a junior in 2010, recorded 102, tackles with 12 tackles for loss and four interceptions ... had 26 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery as a sophomore in 2009 ... coached by Benny Saia ... one of the top players in the country, Collins had his choice of programs from across the nation.