|97 Justin Collins
2008 (Junior): Started six of the 12 games he played, making his first career start at Presbyterian ... Tallied 16 tackles including eight solo stops and 1.5 for loss ... Twice posted a career-high three tackles against both Shorter and at Presbyterian ... Recovered a fumble at home against Samford ... Was limited during WCU's spring drills in the off-season.
Prior to Western: Originally signed with the University of Iowa out of high school ... Took a red-shirt his first season ... Was listed on the Hawkeyes' second team as a defensive tackle following spring Iowa's practice ... Transferred to Kilgore Junior College ... Suffered a deep thigh contusion the first half of the season ... Returned to action in the second half of the year, finishing with 60 tackles, eight sacks and 15 QB hurries.
High School: Earned first team all-state as a defensive tackle as a senior after garnering second team accolades during his junior season ... Recorded 102 career tackles - including 60 his senior year along - and 16 quarterback sacks as a prep ... Won three letters in football and power lifting while also receiving two in track & field ... Ranked first in the state of Texas in the 242-lbs. power lifting division.
Personal: Is the son of Julius and Laura Collins.