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Maliek Collins
Player Profile:
Maliek Collins 1075637
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 300
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Center

Honors & Awards
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media)
» Nebraska Defensive co-MVP (2014)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2014)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)

Defensive tackle Maliek Collins emerged as a standout player for Nebraska during the 2014 season and is poised for the next step as a junior. The 6-2, 300-pound Collins is a powerful force in the middle of the Blackshirt defense and is primed to contend for conference and national honors in 2015.

Collins and fellow junior Vincent Valentine form one of the nation’s top returning defensive tackle duos. Collins started every game in 2014 and led the Huskers in tackles for loss, while ranking second on the team in sacks and quarterback hurries.

Collins was at his best in the latter stages of the season, posting five or more tackles four times in the final six games. The Kansas City product earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches, while being an honorable-mention pick by the media. He was also named Nebraska’s co-Defensive MVP in a vote of his teammates. Off the field, Collins was an academic All-Big Ten pick in 2014.  

2014 (Sophomore)
Collins started every game and finished the year with 45 tackles, including 17 solo stops. Collins led the team with 14 tackles for loss, totaling 47 yards, with 12 of his 14 TFL coming in Big Ten play or the bowl game. His 4.5 sacks (33 yards) and 13 quarterback hurries both ranked second on the team behind Randy Gregory.  

Collins was particularly dominant in the second half of the season. He had a career-high seven tackles against both Rutgers and Iowa. He also had three quarterback hurries each in back-to-back weeks against Rutgers and Purdue, and closed the year with five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss against USC in the Holiday Bowl.

Collins produced back-to-back games with four tackles against Fresno State and Miami to close non-conference play. He added two tackles for loss and a pair of hurries against the Hurricanes. Collins had one tackle for loss each in the first three Big Ten games against Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern.

After his career-high seven-tackle effort against Rutgers, Collins had five tackles, a nine-yard sack and three hurries against Purdue. He split a sack with Gregory at Wisconsin, before making three tackles against Minnesota. Collins had a sacks and two tackles for loss in the regular-season finale at Iowa. He played one of his most complete games against USC, registering five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
    
2013 (Freshman)
Collins played in 12 games with a start against Georgia. He had 12 tackles with all of his stops coming in either the first three games or the final four games.

Collins registered NU’s first sack of the season for 10 yards against Southern Miss. He totaled three tackles in that contest. He added a tackle for loss against UCLA. Collins made eight tackles in the final four games, tying his season high with three tackles at Penn State, adding two each vs. Michigan State and Iowa, and then making one stop in the Gator Bowl.

Before Nebraska (Kansas City Center HS)
Collins played both ways for Kansas City Center High School and posted huge numbers on defense as a senior. Collins recorded 102 tackles in 2012, including 43 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His play for Coach Bryan DeLong helped Center High to a 10-4 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Class 3A state playoffs, its deepest playoff run since 2004.

For his play as a senior, Collins was a first-team Class 3A all-state pick by the Missouri High School Coaches Association. He was also a member of the Kansas City Star’s All-Metro first-team defensive unit.

Collins was also a standout performer for Center High as a junior in 2011, earning first-team all-conference honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Beyond the football field, Collins was also a standout wrestler for Center High School. As a senior, Collins won the Missouri Class 2A state championship with a perfect 48-0 record. Collins reached the quarterfinals at the state meet in the heavyweight class as a junior and posted a 48-5 record.

Collins was ranked among the top 20 prospects in the state of Missouri and one of the top 25 defensive tackles in the country according to Fox Sports Next. He also visited Kansas and Missouri, and had offers from numerous other schools, including Arkansas, Iowa and Iowa State.

Personal
Collins was born on April 8, 1995, and is the son of Janice Davis and the late C.W. Collins. He has not declared a major, but he earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014. He was also a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2015. Collins has volunteered his time at the Belmont and Calvert rec centers, and also with the Husker Hotline, Husker Heroes and the Uplifting Athletes road race.


Collins' Career Stats

 

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QB

Year

G/S

 

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

INT

Hry.

2013 12/1   6 6 12 2-10 1.0-10 1-0 0 0 0 0
2014 13/13   17 28 45 14-47 4.5-33 0-0 0 0 0 13

Totals

25/14  

23  

34 

57  

16-57

5.5-43

1-0

0

0  

0

13  

 

Single-Game Highs
» Tackles
- 7 (twice)
» Tackles for Loss – 3 vs. Rutgers (2014)
» Sacks – 1.0 (five times)

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