- Broadcast Journalism
Collins work ethic on the field is no different than his intensity off the diamond. This past December, Collins graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism while maintaining a 3.5 overall GPA. He intends to work toward a graduate degree while finishing his final season of college baseball and will pursue an MBA while dreaming of playing baseball at the highest level.
After transferring from the University of Nebraska, Collins sat out his first season at Dallas Baptist to satisfy the NCAA year-in-residence requirement. Even without playing in a game, however, Collins quickly became a team leader and a fan favorite due to his high energy and tireless work ethic. The 2011 team advanced to an NCAA Super Regional and Collins was included on the limited travel roster because the coaches wanted his enthusiasm in the dugout. Though the Patriots did not advance to the College World Series, the publicity the team received helped catapult the program to the forefront of college baseball and Collins was a big part of that - even without recording a hit.
Collins has participated in many community projects in his time at Dallas Baptist. The Waxahachie, Texas, native is already a legend in his own community, regularly attending Friday night football games and staying true to his small-town Texas roots. He has also traveled internationally to the Dominican Republic to serve with youth baseball clinics in and around Santo Domingo - sharing the game of baseball and serving with school children and orphans. In Dallas, he has partnered with RBI Baseball to serve at baseball clinics for inner-city youth and has served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless as part of the HEB Feast of Sharing.
In his first year on the field for Dallas Baptist, Collins stepped in and quickly became an offensive leader for the Patriots. His first swing at DBU set the tone for the season as Collins homered in his first at-bat in Dallas and finished the season with a team-leading 13 homeruns. He also stole 15 bases and hit .374 with 23 doubles. For his efforts, Collins was named American Baseball Coaches Association All-American and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American. He was also named the SABR Metroplex Player of the Year, besting players from all levels of college baseball in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Collins was also named a 2013 preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers and Collegiate Baseball Magazine.