SMU Fall Camp Notebook: Day 15

The Pony Stampede staff will be at every SMU fall camp practice this month and will provide exclusive stories, videos, and observations. Today we reflect on Day 15.

Collins Determined To Prove Doubters Wrong

The versatility of senior offensive lineman Bryan Collins has been a huge help to an offensive line that is still being shuffled. The SMU coaching staff is still trying find the right starting five for the Mustangs for the upcoming season and Collins will certainly be a part of it.

Collins has stepped in before when starters have gone down in the past and this year isn't any different, but Collins is expected to step in somewhere along the line and start.

"The easiest way to put it, when someone goes down," Collins said. "I get to go in their place. Otherwise, it gives me the opportunity to start in more than one position so I can challenge more than one person in the past."

In fall camp, Collins has played guard and tackle while the offensive line is being decided after graduating all five starters from the 2011 squad. As a senior, Collins has showed his experience and knowledge of the offense by stepping in where he is needed.

Collins understands that there are many doubters of how well the offensive line can do this year, but he isn't afraid of the challenges they have ahead.

"Proving all the critics wrong. I was talking to Blake McJunkin, and we just want to take doubt out of people's mind in our offensive line," Collins said when asked about his expectations for the line.

While Collins has been shuffled around, it appears that he is settling in for a battle at tackle, but it is unclear whether he will start or will wait for his opportunity to play this season.

The offensive line does have a clear-cut leader in Blake McJunkin and Collins recognizes how well-respected McJunkin is by the way the younger linemen look up to and listen to him.

"It shows in just leadership in general," Collins said. "Some guys don't like it, but he's been like a father figure to some of the younger guys by taking them under his wing and just teaching them the basics and everything. You just feel comfortable with having him on the line because he will call out everything when there's doubt."

Whether Collins comes off the bench or starts for the Mustangs, he will be a key leader in helping whoever does play for the Mustangs. Collins isn't shy about what makes him an asset along the offensive line.

"Just how I play," he said. "It motivates everyone around me. That's the easiest way of putting it."

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Day 15 Observations:

- Colin LaGasse, Stephen Nelson, Cody Worthen, and K..C. Nlemchi all sat out of practice again

- Cameron Smith is out for the season after getting surgery on his big toe. He will redshirt

- Garrett Gilbert and Darius Johnson stayed on the field for an additional 10 minutes after practice running routes on air and working on their timing

- Gilbert has shown a commitment to working with his receivers and communicating with them on a daily basis to make sure their chemistry is top notch

- Keith Robinson struggled today. He got beat and even 'mossed' a couple times

- Dairus Johnson had the catch of the day. Gilbert threw to Johnson as he broke to the middle of the field and Johnson preceded to catch the ball back-handed using only his left hand

- Gilbert did underthrow Keenan Holman once and was picked off by Jeremy Gray while targeting Holman again

- The specialists were on point today. All of the kickoffs went to the endzone. It appears Ryan Smith will in fact be the punt returner this year

-Garrett Krstich looked great against the first team defense while on scout team. He completed most of his short to intermediate routes while also hitting a few long balls

- The St. Louis Rams were present at SMU's practice today

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