Linebacker Ready To Join Auburn Program

More help is on the way for the 2004 Auburn football team.

Opelika, Ala.--Montavian Collier hit the books this fall and beginning this spring he will be able to hit running backs, receivers, quarterbacks and other players with a football in their hands.

The former Opelika High star is now a full academic qualifier and will join the Auburn football team next week. "The coaches told me to report for orientation next Friday," Collier says.

Collier currently weighs in at 219 pounds on his six-foot-two frame, four more pounds than when he originally signed with Auburn last February. He says he believes he stayed in good shape during his fall away from football.

"I have been working out and doing a lot of running to make sure I keep my speed," says Collier, who has been clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. One of the best athletes in the 2003 Auburn signee class, Collier can vertical jump 37 inches.

Montavian Collier

Collier, who picked the Tigers over FSU, Georgia and Tennessee last year, was also a basketball standout at Opelika High. He averaged 14 points per game in basketball as a senior and that was his main sport before deciding to return to football as a senior after playing basketball only the previous two seasons.

Playing a rover position, Collier produced 74 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one all the way for a touchdown. He also caused three fumbles and showed that he was a physical competitor the first day he returned to the football in spring training of his junior year at OHS

Collier will go through winter workouts at Auburn and participate in spring practices. He will be a true freshman in eligibility this coming fall.

"It feels great to be qualified now," he says. "I used a tutor this fall and that helped a lot."

Collier will be joining several other former Opelika High stars on the Auburn team. The group includes starting free safety Will Herring, reserve noseguard Tommy Jackson and defensive lineman/fullback Tez Doolittle, who was a senior at OHS with Collier. Doolittle redshirted this past season.

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