Chris Collins

Chris  Collins

Gloster, Miss.

High School:
Amite County

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195




Career Highlights: Set nine Ole Miss records ... Is Ole Miss? all-time leader in career receptions with 198 ... His 2,621 receiving yards is an Ole Miss career record ... Also holds school career marks for TD receptions (24) and 100-yard receiving games (11) ... Finished his career with a streak of 35 straight games with a reception, the second longest known streak in school history behind Willie Green?s (1986-1989) streak of 37 ... Ranks second in career all-purpose yards at Ole Miss with 3,274 ... 25 career TDs scored is tied for third on the school?s career list.

2003: Earned first team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press and SEC Coaches ... Also earned All-SEC honors from The Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Commercial Appeal and CollegeFootballNews.com ... Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts at split end ... Did not draw the start at Auburn (11/8) after returning the opening kickoff 50 yards ... Set new Ole Miss season marks for receptions (77) and receiving yards (949) ... Led the Rebels with seven TD receptions ... Led the SEC in receptions per game (5.92) and was third in receiving yards per game (73.0) ... at Vanderbilt (8/30): Six receptions for 91 yards ... Recorded the 125th reception of his career on a season-long 42-yard catch in the fourth quarter ... at Memphis (9/6): Six catches for 53 yards, with a long of 20 ... Credited with one solo tackle and one fumble recovery on special teams ... vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13): Caught nine passes for 121 yards and two TDs during the 59-14 win ... His ninth reception of the game, an 18-yard pass from Micheal Spurlock, marked the 142nd reception of his career to tie the Ole Miss career record set by Grant Heard (1996-2000) ... Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... vs. Texas Tech (9/27): Had four catches for 52 yards ... Became Ole Miss? all-time leading receiver with his first catch of the game, a six-yard reception from Eli Manning in the first quarter ... The catch was the 143rd of his career to break Heard?s career mark of 142 ... Had one rush for 11 yards ... Credited with two solo tackles on special teams ... at Florida (10/4): Caught a game-high five passes for 72 yards in the 20-17 upset of No. 24 Florida at ?The Swamp? ... Had a 14-yard reception in the second quarter to become the fourth player in school history to record 2,000 career yards in receiving ... On the game-winning drive, had an 18-yard reception to the Florida 16, and after a five-yard delay of game penalty by Ole Miss, caught a 12-yard pass to the Gator 9 ... Ole Miss would score four plays later on Vashon Pearson?s one-yard run with 1:10 left in the game ... vs. Arkansas State (10/11): Had eight receptions for a career-high 146 yards and one TD in the 55-0 win over the Indians ... Caught a 24-yard TD pass from Eli Manning in the third quarter to give the Rebels a 27-0 lead ... Also credited with one rush for nine yards ... Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... vs. South Carolina (11/1): Tied a career-high with 10 receptions for 125 yards ... Had TD receptions of five and 15 yards ... Became Ole Miss? all-time leader in receiving yards on a nine-yard reception in the first quarter to break the record of 2,274 set by Willie Green (1986-1989) ... It was also his 10th career 100-yard receiving game ... vs. Auburn (11/8): Caught three passes for 21 yards with a TD, recorded one rush for nine yards and returned two kickoffs for 68 yards ... With the three receptions, he set a new Ole Miss season record for receptions, breaking LeMay Thomas? 1995 mark of 56 ... Returned the opening kickoff 50 yards to the Auburn 44 to set-up a TD drive that was capped by his two-yard TD reception from Eli Manning ... Earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Quarterback Club ... at Mississippi State (11/27): Caught eight passes for 113 yards, including a 23-yard TD reception in the 31-0 win ... Broke Willie Green?s single-season record of 816 receiving yards ... The 113-yard performance was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season to tie his own school season record set in 2001 ... Cotton Bowl (1/2): Had eight receptions for 75 yards in the Rebels? 31-28 win over Oklahoma State ... Preseason: Named to the 2003 preseason All-SEC second team by Athlon, The Birmingham News, The Sporting News, Lindy?s, Street & Smith?s and Southeastern Football Saturdays ... Ranked the No. 16 wide receiver in the nation by Lindy?s ... Also rated the SEC?s top possession receiver by The Sporting News ... Named the runner-up for the preseason Most Underrated Player in the SEC by The Birmingham News ... Was selected by his teammates as one of four permanent team captains for 2003 season along with Charlie Anderson, Eli Manning, and Jesse Mitchell ... Caught three passes for 97 yards, including 45-yard TD strike from Eli Manning and 40-yard TD from Micheal Spurlock, in Red-Blue spring game.

2002: Named second team All-SEC by The Associated Press ... Played in all 13 games ... Made starts at split end at Arkansas (10/26) and versus Nebraska in the MainStay Independence Bowl (12/27) ... Earned his third letter ... Led team in receptions (55), receiving yards (812) and TD receptions (10) ... 10 TD receptions set a new Ole Miss season mark ... Is the first player in school history to have two seasons with at least 50 receptions, and is the fifth player in school history with back-to-back seasons of at least 40 catches ... Tied for second in the SEC in TD receptions (10), ranked fourth in the SEC in receiving yards per game (62.5) and fifth in the SEC in receptions per game (4.23) ... at Texas Tech (9/14): Had six catches for 54 yards and two TDs ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/21): Recorded 88 receiving yards on two receptions ... Caught a career-long 79-yard pass from Eli Manning for a TD in the third quarter to give the Rebels a 23-10 lead ... The 79-yard play is tied for the sixth-longest pass play in school history ... Went over the 1,000-yard mark in career receiving yards on the 79-yard reception, becoming the 19th player in Ole Miss history to do so ... Returned one kickoff for 19 yards to finish the contest with 107 all purpose yards ... at Arkansas (10/26): Set a career high for receptions with 10 for 138 yards, teaming with Bill Flowers to become the first receiving tandem in school history to each catch at least 10 passes in the same game ... The 138-yard effort was his fifth career 100-yard receiving game to set a new Ole Miss record ... Caught a 20-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter ... Returned two kickoffs for 37 yards to record a season-high 175 all purpose yards ... vs. Auburn (11/2): Had eight receptions for 106 yards and three TDs to give him back-to-back 100-yard receiving games ... It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game ... The three TD receptions tied the Ole Miss single-game record, set five times previously, including once by Collins in last year's season opener with Murray State ... Caught his 100th career pass on his sixth reception of the game, an eight-yard pass from Eli Manning in the third quarter ... Is the ninth player in school history to catch at least 100 passes in a career ... Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... at LSU (11/23): Caught a team-high five passes for 39 yards ... Recorded season's first rush on a six-yard end-around in the third quarter ... Also had three special teams' tackles on punt coverage ... vs. Mississippi State (11/28): Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... Had 130 yards receiving on four receptions, scoring on TD passes of 28 and 77 yards in the 24-12 win ... His 28-yard TD with 8:00 left in the second quarter tied both the Ole Miss single-season and career marks, and broke the record with his 77-yard score with 8:52 to go in the third, giving the Rebels a 14-3 lead ... Independence Bowl (12/27): Had 146 all-purpose yards ... Caught six passes for 58 yards with a long of 32 ... Returned a career-high four kickoffs for 68 yards including a season-long of 23 and returned two punts for 20 yards.

2001: Appeared in all 11 games, starting eight at split end, to earn his second letter ... Team's leading receiver with 54 catches for 692 yards and six TDs ... Ranked seventh in the SEC in receptions per game and 10th in receiving yards per game ... Had four 100-yard receiving games to set a new Ole Miss single-season mark and tie Floyd Franks' career record of four ... vs. Murray State (9/1): Caught six passes for 100 yards and tied a school single-game record with three TD receptions, while drawing his first career start ... vs. Auburn (9/8): Did not catch a pass as he saw limited action due to an ankle injury ... It was the only game of the season in which he did not have a reception ... vs. Kentucky (9/29): Caught seven passes for 119 yards, including a 26-yard TD catch ... Also had a career-high 72 kickoff return yards on three returns and rushed once for a 38-yard TD on a reverse in the third quarter to total a career-high 229 all-purpose yards ... The 229 all-purpose yards is tied for the seventh-best single-season total in school history ... His 38-yard TD run and 26-yard TD reception made him the first Ole Miss receiver on record, dating back to 1970, to score a TD both rushing and receiving in a game ... Selected Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Game ... vs. Arkansas State (10/6): Had five catches for 87 yards and a TD, including a career-long 51-yard reception for a score ... vs. Alabama (10/13): Had eight receptions for 110 yards, setting a new Ole Miss single-season record for 100-yard receiving games with three ... vs. Middle Tennessee (10/20): Caught eight passes for 82 yards and a TD ... Left game on the Rebels' opening possession of the third quarter with a high left ankle sprain ... vs. Mississippi State (11/22): Recorded his fourth career 100-yard receiving game to tie Floyd Franks' school career record, catching six passes for 110 yards ... 2001 Spring: Nailed down the No. 1 split end spot after having a tremendous spring ... Caught eight passes for 106 yards and one TD in Red-Blue game.

2000: Saw action in all 12 games, including the Music City Bowl, during true freshman season as a wide receiver and on special teams ... Earned his first letter ... 12 catches for 168 yards and a TD ... Credited with four rushes for 28 yards ... Returned four kickoffs for 74 yards, with a long of 37 ... Made seven special teams tackles ... Named Offensive Newcomer of the Year by the Rebel Club of Jackson ... vs. Kentucky (9/30): Had two receptions for 52 yards and a TD ... First career reception was a 36-yard TD ... vs. LSU (11/11): Had a career-long 43-yard reception on the final play of the contest ... at Georgia (11/18): Selected Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Georgia ... Music City Bowl (12/28): Set season-highs for receptions (5) and receiving yards (65) against West Virginia ... Also had one special teams tackle against the Mountaineers ... Was a member of the Ole Miss track team.

HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep All-America and Dixie Team selection ... First team Clarion-Ledger All-State pick as a defensive back ... Rated No. 4 on Clarion-Ledger Ten Most Wanted and was on Dandy Dozen List ... Also named All-District and All-Area ... Pigskin Preps 1999 Preseason Super South 75 ... Played in 2000 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game ... Had more than 2,100 yards receiving and accounted for 34 TDs during prep career ... Although wide receiver was his regular position, played quarterback his senior year and helped Amite County to playoffs ... As the quarterback, rushed for 550 yards on 66 carries, completed 30-of-60 passes for 350 yards, returned an interception 94 yards for a score, and had a pair of receiving TDs, good for a total of 130 yards ... As a 10th grader, caught 10 TD passes and returned one interception for a score ... Caught 40 passes for 936 yards and 12 TDs junior season and also returned three punts for TDs ... Coached by Jesse Terrell ... Earned letters in football, basketball, and track ... Averaged 15 points per game in basketball, making All-District, All-Area and All-State ... All-State, All-District, and All-Area performer on track team that won three relays in state meet in 1999 ... Also won state championship in 200 meters (21.4) and long jump (24-6) in 1999 ... As a senior, shattered 30-year old state record when he ran 200 meters in 21.09 and helped Trojans capture 3A State Championships, while also winning the 100 meters in 11.23 ... Has 33-inch vertical jump.

PERSONAL: Son of Cynthia Bateaste ... Full name is Leon Christopher Collins ... Born: August 16, 1982 ... Brother, Clifton, was a defensive back on the 2001 Ole Miss football team ... Majoring in Sociology.

Year	G-S	Att	Yds	TD	Lg	Avg.	
2000	11-0	4	28	0	9	7.0
2001	11-8	1	38	1	38	38.0
2002	13-2	1	6	0	6	6.0
2003	13-12	3	29	0	11	9.7
Totals	48-22	9	101	1	38	11.2

?RECEIVING- Year G-S Rec Yds TD Lg Avg. 2000 11-0 12 168 1 43 14.0 2001 11-8 54 692 6 51 12.8 2002 13-2 55 812 10 79 14.8 2003 13-12 77 949 7 42 12.3 Totals 48-22 198 2621 24 79 13.2

?KICKOFF RETURNS? Year G Ret Yds TD Lg Avg. 2000 11 4 74 0 37 18.5 2001 11 8 176 0 32 22.0 2002 13 11 179 0 23 16.3 2003 13 5 103 0 50 20.6 Totals 48 28 532 0 50 19.0

?PUNT RETURNS? Year G Ret Yds TD Lg Avg. 2002 13 2 20 0 10 10.0 Totals 48 2 20 0 10 10.0

?ALL PURPOSE YARDS? Year G Rush Rec PR KR Total Avg./G 2000 11 28 168 0 74 270 24.5 2001 11 38 692 0 176 906 82.4 2002 13 6 812 20 179 1017 78.2 2003 13 29 949 0 103 1081 83.2 Totals 48 101 2621 20 532 3274 68.2

?TACKLES? Year G UT AT TT FR 2000 11 6 1 7 0 2001 11 2 1 3 0 2002 13 7 0 7 0 2003 13 4 1 5 1 Totals 48 19 3 22 1


RUSHING ATTEMPTS: 2, at Georgia (11/18/2000)
RUSHING YARDS: 38, at Kentucky (9/29/2001)
LONG RUSH: 38, at Kentucky (9/29/2001)
RUSHING TDs: 1, at Kentucky (9/29/2001)
RECEPTIONS: 10, twice, at Arkansas (10/26/2002) and vs. South Carolina (11/1/2003)
RECEIVING YARDS: 146, vs Arkansas State (10/11/2003)
LONG RECEPTION: 79, vs. Vanderbilt (9/21/2002)
TD RECEPTIONS: 3, twice, vs. Murray State (9/1/2001) and vs. Auburn (11/2/2002)
CONSECUTIVE GAMES W/RECPT: 35, 9/29/2001-present
KICKOFF RETURNS: 4, vs. Nebraska (12/27/2002)
KICKOFF RET. YARDS: 72, at Kentucky (9/29/2001)
LONG RETURN: 50, at Auburn (11/8/2003)
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: 229, at Kentucky (9/29/2001)
ALL-PURPOSE PLAYS: 12, at Arkansas (10/26/2002)
TOUCHDOWNS: 3, twice, vs. Murray State (9/1/2001) and vs. Auburn (11/2/2002)

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