|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200 | College: Brigham Young|
A strong, physical receiver and outstanding route runner, Collie is perhaps the team's most outspoken player since Jim McMahon played for the Cougars three decades ago. A fiery performer, he will long be known for his impassioned speech he gave the team at halftime vs. Air Force that sparked the team to rally to victory in 2008.
The Cougars went to the locker room after once leading 10-0, before having the margin wiped out -- then failing to score from the 2-yard line after a pass was deflected and intercepted in the end zone. "Austin just told us that we're better than this," Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall said of his best friend Collie's words. "He said, 'This is not who we are; this is not how we play.' He got us all fired up and ready to go for the second half."
Hall rebounded to produce a game-clinching touchdown drive that finished with a pretty 45-yard pass to Collie. It was a third-and-8 before that, deep in BYU territory, that had Air Force coach Troy Calhoun shaking his head. He pointed out the critical moment when he attacked with Chris Thomas, who reached Hall on a backside safety blitz with the Cougars ahead just 31-24 in the fourth quarter. Hall spotted Collie for the first down. "Instinct or whatever, he got rid of the ball just in time. That was a big, big play because if we'd have got the ball back, who knows what would have happened," said Calhoun.
Collie's career was sandwiched around a two-year church mission. In just three seasons with the team, he would close out his collegiate career as the holder of several school records. His 106 receptions for 1,538 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2008 were all BYU season marks. He was the first Cougar to register 11 100-yard receiving performances in the same campaign and his 2,112 all-purpose yards in 2008 set another school record.
His 2008 performance also rearranged several record charts in the Mountain West Conference. His receptions that year rank third, his receiving yards rank second and his 15 scores set a conference annual record. He also set MWC marks with 11 100-yard receiving games, including 10 consecutive. His 2,112 all-purpose yards are the second best in league annals.
Collie also etched his name in the career record sheets. He registered 17 100-yard receiving games, caught 215 passes for 3,255 yards and caught 30 touchdown passes to become the new owner of those records. Those receptions placed sixth in conference annals, while his receiving yardage rank fourth and his touchdowns set an all-time mark. Only three other MWC players ever amassed more than his 4,649 all-purpose yards.
At Oak Ridge High School, Collie earned Prep Star and Super Prep All-America honors, in addition to being named the Sacramento Bee's Most Valuable Player and voted Northern California's Most Valuable Player. The all-metro selection added first-team all-section and all-state recognition and was a nominee for the 2003 California Mr. Football Award.
As a senior, Collie had 60 receptions for 978 yards and was credited with 24 touchdowns, including 18 on receptions in his final season. He also posted 1,654 all-purpose yards and scored 196 points. He totaled 56 receptions for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior on offense. On defense, he recorded 53 tackles (26 solos) and was credited with two interceptions.
Collie became the third member of his family to letter on the Brigham Young football team. His father, Scott, suited up for the Cougars as a receiver from 1979-82 and later played for the Hamilton Tigercats in the Canadian Football League. Austin's brother, Zac, was also a receiver at BYU (2004-06).
In 2004, Collie earned Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors. The second-team Freshman All-America pick by The Sporting News set the school freshman records for touchdown receptions (eight) and receiving yards (771), as he led the team with 53 receptions. His average of 4.8 receptions per game made him the NCAA's freshman statistical leader for that season.
Collie spent the 2005-06 campaigns serving on a church mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He returned to the gridiron in 2007, starting seven games at the "Z" receiver position. He was bothered by an ankle sprain and bruised ribs, but pulled down 56 passes for 946 yards (16.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also returned 28 kicks for 723 yards, ranking second in the Mountain West Conference with a 25.82-yard average. He earned All-MWC second-team honors as a receiver and also on special teams.
The Biletnikoff Award finalist earned All-America and All-MWC first-team honors in 2008. He led the nation in receiving yards per game with 118.31 and total yards receiving with 1,538. He was third nationally in receptions per game at 8.15 and total catches with 106, fourth in the NCAA in touchdown catches with 15, which set both school and league season records.
After the season, Collie announced he would forgo his final year of eligibility and entered the 2009 NFL Draft. He became the third player at the school to ever declare early for the draft, joining offensive lineman John Tait in 1999 and running back Luke Staley in 2002. He received advice from several former BYU players currently in the NFL and from his older brother, Zac, who had a free-agent tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. "They told me to strap on a seat belt," Collie said. "It's a different ride."
"I think I have a lot to offer," Collie said. "I'm a receiver who can catch the ball and run routes. The only question now is speed. I'm going to work my butt off for the next few months to improve that and prove I'm fast enough to play at the next level. It's not just about football. I've grown not only in football but in the classroom and in my life. To be able to go through the last three years at Brigham Young as a flag bearer for this university, when Coach Mendenhall says that, I honestly believe in that."
Positives: Legitimate NFL build. Muscled up athlete. Faster on the field than his rather pedestrian 40-yard dash time would indicate. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good hand usage and lateral quickness to gain a quick release against press coverage. Sharp, savvy route-runner. Varies his speeds and can sink his hips to generate separation. Good burst laterally. Works his way back to the ball if he sees his quarterback in trouble. Soft hands. Snatches the ball out of the air and is quick to put it away. Can track over either shoulder. Good elusiveness to make the first defender miss and strength to run through arm tackles. Good vision and will cut it back inside. May lack elite deep speed, but good early acceleration. Averaged 26.5 yards per kick return from 2007-08.
Negatives: Questionable deep speed to challenge over the top. Will be older than most NFL rookies (24) due to his LDS mission. Questionable level of competition. Statistics inflated due to BYU's scheme and defenses keying on TE Dennis Pitta.
GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.32
Body Structure: Collie has a good-sized frame that shows a long torso with good hips and thigh muscle definition. He has good arm length, soft and big hands and adequate overall muscle thickness.
Athletic Ability: Collie is an adequate athlete who is faster on the field than his timed speed indicates (carries his equipment well). He is not a sudden mover, but shows good change of direction, body control and the ability to adjust on the move, thanks to above-average hand/eye coordination. He is the type of player who can fool a scouting analysis, as he normally outplays his ability. He lacks explosion, but runs with a long, fluid stride and has the change-of-direction agility to become a threat with the ball in his hands. He won't win a track meet, but his stride generates decent quickness that compensates for a lack of blazing speed. He is a physical athlete with good strength for this position. GRADE: 6.3
Football Sense: Collie learns easily and is field smart. He may be too smart for his own good (sometimes thinks a little too much about a bad play), but he knows the offense as good as the coaches. He is a student of the game, coming from a family of wide receivers and his IQ test and academic excellence indicate that he will have no problems with a complicated playbook. GRADE: 6.5
Character: Collie is an interesting talent with a wide range of "opinions," certainly not the norm for a BYU player, at least not since Jim McMahon's playing days at the university. He has no off-field issues and is liked by his teammates, but sometimes gets into trouble for his public announcements. He could develop into a bit of a clubhouse lawyer, but most receivers seem to like to voice their opinions. He comes from a football family, as both his father and older brother were wide receivers at Brigham Young. He is married and served on a two-year church mission, making his birth certificate older than most players in this draft. GRADE: 5.5
Competitiveness: Collie plays hard in every game and every snap. There is no quit in him and he seems to thrive when the odds are against him, even though he gets more opportunities than most playing in BYU's spread offense. He shows true courage and toughness to go across the middle and hang on to the ball, despite taking some punishing hits. Even when he was injured in 2007, he pushed himself very hard to return to the field earlier than the doctors wanted. He's the type of kid that you will have to hide his helmet if you want to keep him off the field. GRADE: 6.8
Work Habits: Collie plays with a big-time chip on his shoulder, but that has benefited him, as he will light a fire under his teammates (see 2008 halftime speech vs. Air Force). He is a very hard worker and will do the extras in practice, skull sessions and in the weight room to improve. Knowing he needed to get stronger, he concentrated hard in the 2009 offseason, but still needs to add at least 10 solid pounds to his frame. GRADE: 6.5
ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 5.92
Release: Collie won't frighten a defender with his speed, but while he might not be sudden off the snap, he is smooth getting a release and can leverage defenders and beat the press when he keeps his hands active. His release won't allow him to threaten the defense vs. off-coverage, as he does have a little problem with the press vs. the larger defensive backs (needs to avoid and work through the press better). GRADE: 5.6
Acceleration: Collie can get on top of the route, but only occasionally with just adequate speed when playing the vertical game. He won't run away from defenders and will get caught from behind on deep patterns. Still, he presents a nice package in the short areas, where this sure-handed target shows good field vision and awareness to give his quarterback a passing lane. He is never going to be a burner, as he does not have that second extra gear needed to accelerate. He excels at making good body adjustments to get to the off-target grabs. GRADE: 5.5
Quickness: Collie is efficient off the line with little wasted motion, but he is not really explosive or quick-footed. He is not known for blazing speed, but he shows good snap in his breaks. For a player his size, he has an average initial step off the line. GRADE: 5.3
Route Running: This is what Collie does best. He is a savvy route runner with the lateral agility to take slants or crosses and generate separation, especially when he sinks his hips. He has a much better lateral burst working in the short area, but can get caught from behind. He does a nice job of sticking his feet in the ground and dropping his weight to get in and out of his cuts, but can't be considered a special open-field runner. He runs good routes and looks polished, as he can leverage, plant and cut, but could improve his separation burst, though. GRADE: 6.5
Separation Ability: Collie gears down with good body control and is adept at throwing the double move to force the defender to commit too early. He is quick enough, thanks to no wasted motion and does not have to gather much to cut and separate. He is just not sudden and won't leave defensive backs trailing behind him for too long. He uses savvy moves and sharp cuts to gain separation, maintaining quickness through his routes. He can run by second-level defenders, but could improve his acceleration out of transition cuts. GRADE: 6.3
Ball Concentration: Collie has excellent concentration and willingness to compete for the ball in a crowd. He has good hands and that "old school" toughness his father showed years ago, especially when defenders are flying all around him. He uses good concentration to make tough catches, but also has a few drops. He seems to have a good feel for where he has to be, especially working inside the red zone. GRADE: 6.4
Ball Adjustment: Collie is a smart player who protects the ball from defenders. He adjusts to bad throws and has good body control. He displays good flexibility when making adjustments. He will make the tough catches outside, whether high, low or behind him, but will misjudge occasionally. GRADE: 6.2
Leaping Ability: Collie is a good leaper, with timing and high-point ability to win the jump ball. He has good reach to catch outside his frame and also has great timing competing for jump balls. GRADE: 6.3
Hands: Collie has very good hands with a wide catching radius. He routinely makes tough catches outside his frame that require proper adjustment and body control. He shows he can pluck the ball and his hands are generally good. He will sometimes jump and catch on his body to protect himself, though. GRADE: 6.4
Run After the Catch: For his pass-catching ability, the ball does not seem to come alive in his hands. He is quick, but not fast, elusive and strong, but shows ability to bounce off tackles. He appears much better once on the move, but could improve his stop-and-go action. GRADE: 5.6
Blocking Ability: Collie will give some effort as a blocker, but needs to sustain better. He is not a lazy blocker, but has to do a better job of picking up the blitz (short arms a bit). GRADE: 5.0
Compares To: JABAR GAFFNEY, Denver -- Speedy receivers are deep threats, slower ones complement them. That is what Gaffney is and what Collie will become. There is no questioning his hands and field savvy. He plays like an "old school" receiver, showing agility, body control and timing to compensate for a lack of speed. Still, with his footwork and ability to gear down, some team looking for a safety valve target in the short area could benefit from a player with his caliber.
OVERALL GRADE: 5.99
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Started 27-of-37 games at Brigham Young Holds the school career record with 17 100-yard receiving games Also set the MWC season records with 11 in 2008 and with 11 consecutive 100-yard games that year, topping the old Mountain West Conference records of eight in a season by San Diego State's tandem of Kassim Osgood and J.R. Tolver in 2002, including Tolver's string of five consecutive contests Ranks sixth in league history with 215 receptions, exceeding the previous BYU all-time mark of 204 catches by Matt Bellini (1987-90) His 3,255 yards receiving placed fourth in MWC annals and toppled the old school career record of 3,065 yards by Eric Drage (1990-93) His 30 touchdown catches topped the conference all-time record of 29 scores by 29 Jovon Bouknight of Wyoming (2002-05) Ranks fourth in MWC history with 4,649 all-purpose yards, topped by DonTrell Moore of New Mexico (5,947; 2002-05), Jovon Bouknight of Wyoming (5,921; 2002-05) and Curtis Brown of Brigham Young (4,996; 2003-06) His 106 receptions in 2008 rank third on the MWC season-record list behind J.R. Tolver of San Diego State (128 in 2002) and Kassim Osgood of San Diego State (108, 2002), as Collie joined Jay Miller (100 in 1973) as the only Cougars to catch 100 passes in a season Set the BYU season-record with 1,538 yards receiving, ranking behind just J.R. Tolver (1,785 in 2002) on the league's annual record book His 15 touchdown catches in 2008 tied the school season record that was first set by Clay Brown in 1980 and topped the MWC annual record of 13 by J.R. Tolver of San Diego State in 2002 His 2,112 all-purpose yards in 2008 broke the previous MWC season record of 2,683 yards by Chad Hall of Air Force in 2007 Gained a school game-record 366 all-purpose yards vs. Tulsa in 2007, as his 237 yards via kickoff returns in that contest set another BYU mark.
Biletnikoff Award finalist, given to the nation's top receiver All-America first-team pick by the Associated Press and CBS Sports, adding second-team honors from Rivals.com, The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and third-team recognition from The NFL Draft Report Academic All-Mountain West and All-MWC first-team selection Led the nation with an average of 118.31 and 1,538 total yards receiving Placed third in the nation in with an average of 8.15 receptions per game and 106 total catches Ranked fourth nationally with 15 touchdown receptions, setting the MWC season record while tying the school's annual mark His 11 100-yard receiving performances tied the NCAA major college season record Also served as the team's kickoff returner and was listed third on the depth chart at quarterback Averaged 27.5 yards on 18 kickoff returns (second in the MWC/27th in the nation), gaining 495 yards Added 2 yards on a punt return and 77 yards on 10 rushing attempts (7.7 avg.) Ranked second in the conference and 12th in the NCAA with 2,112 all-purpose yards, an average of 162.46 yards per game Was limited in August camp by a right tibia stress fracture.
Northern Iowa Opened the season with 80 yards on seven receptions.
Washington Collie added 74 yards on five grabs and 2 yards on a punt return, scoring his first touchdown for the season after snaring a 38-yard pass from QB Max Hall to cap a 9-play, 76-yard first-quarter drive.
UCLA The "Z" receiver hauled in 10 passes for 110 yards and two scores, including a 37-yarder and had a 6-yard gain on a reverse, but also fumbled once.
Wyoming Collie generated 122 yards on eight receptions with touchdowns for 62 and 7 yards.
Utah State The junior wideout made eight catches for 132 yards Two of those grabs were good for touchdowns of 12 and 76 yards.
New Mexico Collie followed with nine receptions for 155 yards, including an 8-yard score, adding 30 yards on two kickoff returns.
Texas Christian The Cougar pulled down six passes for 116 yards.
Nevada-Las Vegas Collie added 113 yards on seven receptions and returned two kickoffs for 94 yards Also added 15 yards on a reverse.
Colorado State Collie handled nine passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, adding four kickoff returns for 101 yards His scoring grabs came from 58, 15 and 10 yards out.
San Diego State In a 41-12 romp, College collected 127 yards on nine receptions and a pair of scores, 41 yards on a kickoff return and 11 yards on a rushing attempt Had 61- and 12-yard scores in the fourth quarter.
Air Force Collie posted seven catches for 130 yards and touchdowns of 6 and 45 yards He also gained 23 yards on two carries and 19 yards on a kickoff return.
Utah Grabbed 10 passes for 104 yards, as he rushed twice for 14 yards and returned four kickoffs for 134 yards, amassing 252 all-purpose yards.
Arizona (Las Vegas Bowl) Collie closed out his career with 11 receptions for 119 yards, as he also gained 76 yards on four kickoff returns and 3 yards on a reverse.
Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors, was a second-team All-MWC pick as a receiver and earned honorable mention as a kickoff returner Started seven of 13 games at "Z" receiver, ranking second on the team with 56 receptions for 946 yards (16.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns Gained 100 yards receiving in six contests, as he also ran once for 10 yards and returned three punts for 9 yards Ranked second in the conference with a 25.82-yard average on 28 kickoff returns for 723 yards Placed second on the team and fifth in the league with 1,688 all-purpose yards, an average of 129.85 yards per game His 366 all-purpose yards vs. Tulsa set a school game record.
|2007 Game Analysis|
UCLA Returned three kickoffs for 76 yards and caught seven passes for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 5-yarder that ended an 80-yard, 8-play series.
Tulsa Named MWC Player of the Week after amassing 366 all-purpose yards, coming up with 237 yards on eight kickoff returns, 8 yards on two punt returns and 121 yards on four catches that included a 45-yard score.
New Mexico Followed with four receptions for 98 yards and a 59-yard touchdown.
Colorado State Began a string of four consecutive 100-yard receiving games, making eight catches for 111 yards and a 45-yard touchdown Also returned a kickoff 34 yards.
Texas Christian Gained 109 yards on four grabs and 80 yards on five kickoff returns.
Wyoming Collie snared eight passes for 103 yards and returned three kickoffs for 94 yards.
Utah Delivered 126 yards on five receptions and 26 yards on a kickoff return.
UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl) Credited with six receptions for 107 yards, including a 14-yard score and also had three kickoff returns for 88 yards.
Did not play football Served on a church mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Served a church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Served a church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Freshman All-America second-team pick by The Sporting News Named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Started 10 of 11 games, setting school freshman records with 771 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, catching 53 passes (14.5 avg.) Led the nation's freshmen with an average of 4.82 receptions per game Rushed six times for 19 yards (3.2 avg.), returned three kickoffs for 59 yards (19.7 avg.) and recorded two tackles Also attempted a pass that was intercepted vs. Utah.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Caught three passes for 54 yards including a 42-yard touchdown grab in his collegiate debut vs. Notre Dame Led the Cougars with eight catches for 49 yards vs. Stanford Caught four passes for 36 yards vs. Southern California and snared five passes for 94 yards including a 57-yard touchdown reception vs. Boise State Had a 40-yard touchdown reception vs. Colorado State Posted 10 receptions for 70 yards vs. UNLV and had three catches for 74 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown from running back Curtis Brown vs. Wyoming Collected six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown vs. Air Force Had three catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns vs. San Diego State, including a career-best 82-yard score in the fourth quarter Led the Cougars with four grabs for 83 yards vs. New Mexico Pulled in three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown vs. Utah.
2007: Missed most of the second half vs. Air Force (9/22) with an ankle sprain Re-injured his ankle vs. New Mexico (9/29) Suffered bruised ribs vs. Nevada-Las Vegas (10/13) that limited his time the following week vs. Eastern Washington (10/20).
2008: Underwent an MRI early in August camp, where it was discovered he had a right tibia stress fracture (below the knee).
Combine: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash 1.58 10-yard dash 2.60 20-yard dash 4.24 20-yard shuttle 6.78 three-cone drill 34-inch vertical jump 10'0" broad jump Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
Attended Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Cal.) High School Earned Prep Star and Super Prep All-America honors Named the Sacramento Bee's Most Valuable Player Voted Northern California's Most Valuable Player The all-metro selection added first-team all-section and all-state recognition and was a nominee for the 2003 California Mr. Football Award As a senior, Collie had 60 receptions for 978 yards and was credited with 24 touchdowns, including 18 on receptions in his final season Also posted 1,654 all-purpose yards and scored 196 points Totaled 56 receptions for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior on offense On defense, he recorded 53 tackles (26 solos) and was credited with two interceptions Graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.
Communications major Married to Brooke Pendleton Son of Nicole and Scott Collie Father played football at Brigham Young (1979-1982) as a receiver and for the Hamilton Tigercats in the Canadian Football League Older brother, Zac, played receiver for the BYU Cougars (2004-06) Served on a church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina Born 11/11/85 Resides in El Dorado Hills, California.