Shrine Bowl: David Collins Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- One of the bigger – literally and figuratively – position battles on North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team is at offensive tackle. Three tackles – UNC pledge David Collins, East Carolina pledge Will Simmons, and Travis Boyd – are vying for the two starting positions.

"Nothing has been verified [for either tackle position]," said Collins, a 6-foot-8, 288-pounder from Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth. "[During practice], Coach [Bob Blick] just says whenever you want to get in or rest, just do it.

"[The starters are] really up for grabs, right now. But we're really enjoying it. Me, Will, and Travis are just having a fun time, hanging out, and doing what we're doing."

Playing the positions for much of their prep careers, Simmons is most comfortable at right tackle, whereas Bond is most comfortable on the left side. Collins, though, proves his versatility in his ability to excel at both positions.

"I played both in my career," Collins said. "In my freshman and sophomore years, pretty much, I was right tackle. And then my last two years, I was left.

"I'm pretty comfortable at both. So he can throw me out at both, whichever one he wants me to."

All three tackles are adjusting to an offense that will run just about everything from the triple-option to a spread passing attack.

"Things started off a little iffy trying to get used to the option and everything," Collins said. "I think all the offensive linemen are trying to get used to it. But we're getting on the map right now."

Collins is enjoying matching up against the likes of Donte Moss, Jared McAdoo, and Hawatha Bell during practice.

"I love the competition – fast linebackers and everything," Collins said. "I'm adjusting to it pretty well and I'm liking it."

Between practices, Collins has used the opportunity to bond with his fellow UNC commitments.

"I've talked to [Jhay] Boyd a lot; him and I got to know each other," Collins said. "Of course, Jared McAdoo and Donte Moss, they're classic – they're always cutting up and easing the attitudes with everybody. And Hawatha Bell is getting in with them having a good time, hanging out, and laughing. We're just all hanging out and having a good old time."

Outside of the Shrine Bowl, Collins has been working on scheduling his UNC official visit with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"We've mentioned the 16th [of January] – Coach Pittman and I," Collins said. "It's not set in stone right now, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be [the 16th]."

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