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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Terrell Collins, LB, Texas A&M Commerce

Terrell Collins a speedy LB from Texas A&M Commerce recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Terrell Collins
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 233
  • Position: LB
  • College: Texas A&M Commerce
  • Twitter: @HumbleKidT42

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

Before attending Texas A&M University Commerce, I was at the University of Arkansas, where I spent two years playing football. I earned my Bachelors Of Arts degree in Sociology. My short time at Texas A&M University-Commerce was great! Being accepted into the great tradition of winning on and off the field helped develop me into a great man. The campus life is very active to help students flourish, and have fun during the college experience.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates say my best quality would be my leadership on and off the field. Being one of the older guys on the team, I held a high standard for myself, hoping that it would have a great effect amongst the University, coaches, teammates, and community.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I can see my role on the next level playing Linebacker but also playing a lot of special teams. I can do it all with my athleticism, speed, and strength. Many see my size and can’t believe how efficient I can move with quickness. With my skill set, I can play in the middle or outside of both defensive schemes of a 4-3 or 3-4. Throughout my college career, I have played in both and have a great understanding of them.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I have ever played against in college would be Tarleton State wide receiver Zimari Manning.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

I have been blessed to experience many great teammates throughout the years, but off the type it would be Dre Greenlaw. We were teammates at The University of Arkansas. His work ethic has allowed him to shine great light in his NFL career.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

The biggest struggle I had to overcome during my life was my senior year and last high school game in the semi finals. I completely tore my ACL in the first quarter. I knew something bad had happened due to my knee buckling every time I went to cut, or run down the opponent. But I refused to quit, and leave my brothers on that field after all we went through that season. I finished that entire game. Little did I know it would take me one year and five months to finally get back to playing the game that I love the way that I wanted to. It’s a blessing that to this day I have no issues with my knee, nor can tell that I even had surgery.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I didn’t play football, I would have continued playing baseball which was my first love before football came along. I played it from the age of 5-13. I was a pretty good baseball player, playing primarily shortstop. My father Clarence Collins was a prospect back in the day for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies. He was known for his speed.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

One of the things I am most proud of would be this previous year of attending Texas A&M Commerce with the amount of success we all had together with a new coaching staff and players. We all bought into the process and had a great season leading all the way up into the third round of the playoffs finishing the year at 11-3. My biggest achievement would be earning my degree. It was a very long journey, but by staying steadfast in my faith, and hard work it was achieved.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career?

One of my most memorable plays in my college career would have been this past season against West Texas A&M. The third play of the first series, we went three and out. I had a big sack which ended that drive and set the tone for the rest of that game.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite athlete of all time would be Patrick Willis. I always watched him when I was younger based on his relentless effort to pursue the ball with great speed, and strength. My favorite NFL team has always been the Indianapolis Colts. I model my game after three linebackers that had great success on the next level: Bobby Wagner, Navorro Bowman, and Patrick Willis.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

My favorite music artist would be Ace Hood. I listen to a lot of old school rap songs to get me pumped up before a game.

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food would be Chicken Gizzards with sweet and sour sauce from Sun’s in St. Louis

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie of all time would be Tarzan.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

During my spare time if I’m not watching football I play with my guitar, and read books.

Who or what motivates you the most?

My mother and father’s approach in life. That keeps me motivated to keep excelling no matter what. No excuses have ever come from them. They have always kept their heads down and go to work with relentless effort.

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