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    "The senior had a breakout senior year. Collins was disruptive all season. He
    finished second on the team with 77 tackles and he also registered a team-leading
    six sacks." -- USA Today

    "He looked terrific in drills and most scouts now feel Collins can play either
    defensive tackle in a conventional system or the end position in a 3-4 alignment."

    "Strong, powerful tackle who clogs the middle and gets a lot of push up the field."

    "He looks like an intriguing interior pass rusher who can create havoc and get up
    the field on third downs." -- National Football Post

    "The first team All-ACC defensive tackle recorded 77 tackles, 10 ½ tackles for
    loss, and six sacks last season. Collins has remarkable athleticism, as he was
    asked to play as a five technique in Al Groh's 3-4 defense. Collins appears to just
    be grasping the game, which may explain his success as a senior. Collins will
    probably be a 4-3 defensive tackle, but don't be surprised if a team capitalizes on
    his experience and knowledge as a 3-4 defensive end." --

    "Nate Collins has been a unicorn." -- Rick "Doc" Walker

    "Collins proved to be a very effective clog in the middle of the line...his quickness
    and versatility that make him an intriguing option." --

    "Collins came on during a big senior season for the Cavaliers and finished second
    on the team with 77 tackles, a remarkable feat for someone at his position." --

    "Collins was one of the hardest workers of the week and played with a great motor
    every day. He's another solid athlete who displayed a lot of talent." -- Sports

    "After a solid showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Virginia defensive tackle
    Nate Collins is starting to gain some momentum." --

    "Plays with great leverage and strength." --
    High School & Personal
    Athletic player who played a wide variety of positions for coach Dan Gouin at King
    & Low-Heywood Thomas HS ... played defensive end, fullback, tailback, tight end,
    wide receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker and quarterback at times ... had an
    interesting senior season, earning Boston Globe all-league honors … primarily a
    defensive end, but played four games at quarterback due to the team's injuries ...
    also saw time at running back ... finished with 86 tackles and 10 quarterback
    sacks ... rushed 66 times for 676 yards and 10 touchdowns, and completed 13 of
    40 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns ... caught 18 passes for 202 yards
    and eight touchdowns ... made more than 50 tackles, including 11 quarterback
    sacks during his junior campaign to earn all-New England honors ... also played
    basketball and baseball … full name is Nathaniel Allen Collins ... born 12-14-87 in
    White Plains, N.Y. ... son of Rosalind and Allen Collins ... has an older sister Alisha
    ... father played basketball at Alaska-Anchorage (1979-80) ... sister played
    basketball at Stonehill College in Massachusetts where she earned ECAC Division
    II Player of the Year, WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors, and Northeast-
    10 Conference Player of the Year accolades … psychology major. (from www.
    The Vitals
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 290 lbs.
    40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
    Bench press: 22 reps
    Vertical jump: 32.5"
    Broad jump: 8'10"
4-time letter winner
ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week
(October 19, 2009)
1st Team All-ACC in 2009
Led UVa in sacks and tackles for loss and
finished 2nd in total tackles as a senior
Selected to play in the East-West Shrine
    2009 Statistics
    Total Tackles: 77
    Solo Tackles: 44
    Assisted Tackles: 33
    Tackles for Loss: 10.5
    QB Sacks: 6
    Fumble Recoveries: 1
    Interceptions: 1
    Passes Broken Up: 1
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