03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 8 - Texas A&M, Florida International, Mount Union ...Alliance, Ohio, isn't a normal stop for many NFL teams, but Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins, who didn't receive a combine invite, is worth the attention as he looks to follow other Purple Raider wideouts (Pierre Garcon, Cecil Shorts) to the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/18/2013 - 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 3. WR Jasper Collins, Mount Union (5101, 183 -- West Team)...Considering he is the only Division-III prospect participating this week, it was even more impressive that Collins was the most polished route runner and consistent receiver on the roster. He isn't the biggest or the fastest, but he displayed excellent footwork and short-area quickness to set up his routes, keep defenders off balance and create separation to give the quarterback an open target. Coming from the same program that produced NFL starting receivers Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts, Collins is used to expectations, and he passed this week with flying colors. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: For some non-FBS prospects, the toughest part of the draft process can be shedding the dreaded "small school" label. And one way to do that is in these pre-draft all-star games when they're pitted against players from the SEC, Big Ten and other "power" conferences. On the first day of practice for this year's Shrine game on Monday, several small-schoolers stood out and proved they belong on the same field as many of the FBS prospects.
He's not the fastest or the biggest at his position, but Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins (West Team) might be the most polished receiver in St. Petersburg this week. As the only Division-III prospect invited to the 88th annual Shrine Game, he hasn't seen the top competition that he will match up against in practice, but through the first day he certainly didn't appear out of place. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: Collins was very smooth in his routes, showing very good foot quickness and burst out of his breaks to keep the defender off-balance. He also did a nice job setting up his patterns with excellent conviction and patience, which was evident on a stop-and-go route that he used to lure the cornerback toward him before bursting downfield, catching a 40-yard pass. Collins showed good hands and also received punts at the end of practice (had three punt returns for touchdowns in college). Collins is currently rated as a fringe draftable prospect or possible priority free agent, but could significantly help his stock this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - Mount Union's Jasper Collins selected to play in East-West Shrine Game A month after helping the University of Mount Union football team win a national title, wide receiver Jasper Collins has become the latest Purple Raider wideout selected to an all-star game. Collins, a native of Geneva, N.Y., has been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 4 p.m. game will be broadcast live by the NFL Network.
Collins finished his career with 232 receptions to rank second in school history behind the 259 of Cecil Shorts III, the last Purple Raider to play in the Shrine Game. Also, former Mount Union receiver Pierre Garcon played in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game in 2008, taking a punt back for a touchdown.
This past season, Collins had 92 receptions for 1,694 yards with 22 touchdowns on his way to All-American and D3football.com North Region Offensive Player of the Year honors. The 1,694 receiving yards is the seventh highest single-season total in NCAA Division III history. He helped lead Mount Union to a record 11th national championship in December. Overall, Collins played in 52 games, gaining 3,527 yards on his 232 receptions with 37 TDs. He also had three punt returns for TDs over his career. - The Canton Repository
12/08/2012 - Mount Union's seniors have one more chance at a precious Division III national championship. The Purple Raiders scored 13 points in the final five seconds Saturday to rally past Mary Hardin-Baylor 48-35, earning an eighth consecutive title-game trip, and fourth shot at winning an elusive 11th crown. ''I came to Mount Union for one reason, to win a national championship,'' senior defensive back Nick Driskill said. ''It hasn't happened yet. We've got one more chance.''
Mount Union (14-0) will finally get its chance after overcoming a 28-14 deficit against Mary Hardin-Baylor. ''The players thought they could rally in the fourth quarter,'' said coach Larry Kehres, now 331-24-3 in 27 seasons. ''They did. This game had it all.'' Jake Simon ran 12 yards to score, breaking a 35-all tie with five seconds left. Matt Fechko added another touchdown as time expired.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-1) had one final play after Simon's run sent Mount Union fans into a frenzy. But the Crusaders threw the ball away on a desperation-lateral attempt. Fechko got it in the air and returned what was ruled a fumble 25 yards for another TD.
The Purple Raiders overcame five turnovers and will play St. Thomas (Minn.) on Friday in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. They are seeking their first championship since 2008. They lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater in each of the last three finals. Collins had TD catches of 38 and 9 yards in the first half, but Mount Union lost a fumble, muffed punt and interception to trail at halftime, 21-14. - AP Sports
11/24/2012 - The challenge for the Johns Hopkins football team was undeniable. On a cold, blustery Saturday afternoon in northeast Ohio and pitted against 10-time NCAA Division III champion University of Mount Union, the Blue Jays were hoping to keep it close for three quarters and then pull off the upset during the final 15 minutes. It did not happen -- not even close. The Purple Raiders, ignited by two early JHU turnovers and four first-half touchdown receptions by their senior wide receiver Jasper Collins, blasted the Blue Jays 55-13 at Mount Union Stadium.
Johns Hopkins (10-2), making its fourth playoff appearance under coach Jim Margraff and coming off a 42-10 win over Washington & Jefferson in the first round of the Division III tournament, believed it could snap the Purple Raiders' string of 65 straight home wins. But Mount Union (12-0) rolled up 653 yards to Johns Hopkins' 278 yards and had the game secured at halftime. - The Sports Xchange