(No.)/position: Jalen Collins (No. 26)/CB
Year (experience): Freshman
Height/weight: 6-1, 184
Where he came from: Olive Branch High (Olive Branch, Miss.)
2010 stats: 45 tackles, three interceptions and two blocked field goals
2011 impact: There might not be a position deeper than defensive back, meaning Collins will likely have to wait his turn before stepping into action on Saturdays. This season will likely be a redshirt year for the newcomer.
Did you know: LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper found Collins in the team’s first summer camp in 2010. At that point, Collins didn’t have a college scholarship offer – making LSU is his first. He committed after the July camp.
On his time since arriving to LSU: “We came in at the beginning of June, they got us in here early, and we started working hard and getting adjusted to the heat. We have been lifting weights, running outside and conditioning, doing 7-on-7s, and now that we started camp, we are in pads and learning all the schemes.”
On bulking up over the summer: “I came in around 177 pounds and coach (Tommy) Moffitt works us hard weightlifting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week. With protein shakes and all that good stuff, I put on about 10-12 pounds. I feel good. I want to put on a little more weight, but as far as my speed goes I feel I’ve maintained that pretty well.”
On his style at cornerback: “I am taller and a cover corner. Coach Cooper is just teaching us everything and helping us learn so we can get ready for the season.”
On working with new teammates: “At Olive Branch we didn’t have many older receivers. The receivers here are all really good. The level of competition is way higher.”
On his first season in purple and gold: “I feel good. We are all coming together and getting to know each other. I feel like we can do some great things this year.”