Top Junior Rusher Staying Humble

Byhalia running back Andrey Collins rushed for 2,048 yards which was tops among Mississippi juniors. Collins' superb season ended with him fourth in total rushing yards in the state. His 186 yards per game average was third best among all Magnolia State rushers. With his name on the recruiting radar, Collins is eager to show in 2012 that his big junior season was no fluke.

Andrey Collins profile

"I feel like we should have a good team," said Andrey. "We are losing Jamal Danley, but we are still going to have a big offensive line.

"I am ready to get to work and just explode in my senior season."

The taste of junior success came as a result of a stronger commitment from Collins in the off season.

"I worked harder in the off season than I did before," said Andrey. "I really put in a lot of work in the summer. It paid off for me.

"I am going to work even harder this year, so I can be a better player."

The talented running back did not attend any college games this fall and only attended one summer camp, Memphis, where he ran in the 4.4s.

Collins has his eyes set on a roster spot in the rugged SEC Western division.

"I am really interested in Arkansas, Mississippi State and maybe Ole Miss," said Andrey. "They are all in the SEC West and I know that's where the best competition is.

"I feel like I can go to any of those schools and get a good education and I feel like I can compete on the football field there."

The Byhalia standout looks forward to the upcoming junior day events where he can learn more about the recruiting process and his schools of interest.

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