Arkansas freshman sensation Alex Collins ran for more than 100 yards again in the win over Southern Miss, becoming the first freshman in the SEC to rush for more than 100 yards in his first three career games.
Herschel Walker, Shaun Alexander, Emmitt Smith, Billy Cannon, Bo Jackson and former Razorback and two-time Doak Walker award winner Darren McFadden never achieved what Collins did today from Razorback Stadium. The last freshman to have a start to his career like Collins was Adrian Peterson who had three 100-yard games to start his career at Oklahoma in 2004. He turned out to be pretty good.
Pretty remarkable start to the career of the former five-star running back from Fort Lauderdale who I have already said could finish his career as the Hogs best running back in the history of the program. Collins entered Saturday’s tilt vs. the Golden Eagles as the conference’s leading rusher with 303 yards and in the process, became the first back in school history with back-to-back games over the century mark.
Bret Bielema needed to find players to fit his system and Collins does just that. Not only is he fitting in well and contributing as a freshman — as expected — but he’s shattering SEC records in the process which could not have been expected for the most optimistic fan.
It was a major coup when Bielema stole him from the programs in south Florida last winter and his relationship which started when he was at Wisconsin is the primary reason he followed him to Fayetteville.
Collins ran for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns his final high school season at South Plantation high school and after three games, he is on pace to run for 1,672 yards in the premier conference in the game.