While the Arkansas Razorbacks have struggled this year, it has been an exceptional season for running back Alex Collins. The dynamic freshman has rushed for 946 yards through the first 10 games of the season, and average games against the final two opponents of the year — Mississippi State this weekend, followed by LSU on Nov. 29 — will give Collins the Arkansas rushing record for freshmen.
The current record holder? Darren McFadden (surprise!), who rushed for 1,113 yards in 2005.
Collins, however, is more focused on helping his team snap their losing streak than he is on setting individual records:
I would be honored, but it’s not the main focus. The main focus is just going down to Little Rock. It’s the last home game, you know, it’s a big night for the seniors. So I’m just trying to do what it takes to win. If the 1,000 yards is something I get it would be a great accomplishment. That’s something that’s in my personal goals. But it’s something that can be put to the side. Winning is always put first (Arkansas News).
According to head coach Bret Bielema, Collins is “nowhere even close to being what he can be.” Considering the talent and skill the young running back has already displayed, the idea that he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential is a scary thought.
[Source: Arkansas News]