Arkansas freshman running back Alex Collins has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise poor season for the Razorbacks, and at LSU he joined an elite group of SEC running backs when he passed 1,000 yards.
Alex Collins becomes 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards. Joins Darren McFadden as only Razorbacks to do it.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) November 29, 2013
Collins entered Friday’s game vs. the Tigers needing two yards to hit that mark and picked it up on a six-yard run off left tackle to take Arkansas inside the LSU 15-yard line where they would later score on a Kiero Small three-yard touchdown run.
Collins has a chance to set the freshman record held by Darren McFadden if he can rush for 115 yards vs. LSU. McFadden ran for 1,113 yards on 176 carries as a freshman in 2005. Collins has had four 100-yard games this season, but they all came in the first five weeks of the season.
His last 100-yard game came vs. Texas A&M on Sept. 28. If Collins had the benefit of a bowl game to add to his statistics he undoubtedly would pass that impressive record. Hogs fans would love to see Collins follow the path of McFadden and be the face of Bret Bielema’s program as he hopes to bring the Razorbacks back after two disappointing seasons
After McFadden’s 1,000-yard season as a freshman he would lead the SEC in rushing the next two seasons, win two Doak Walker Awards and was named an All-American twice.
Could history be repeating itself with Collins?
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