November 24, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Ty Collins

Ty Collins is the starting running back at North Forney High School outside of Dallas,TX. He is a compact back listed at 5’10’ 205 pounds. Before I even begin describing what kind of player he is, I would like to mention that he reminds me of Ezekiel Elliot. From the moment I started watching his film, I was impressed. This young man gets handed the ball and takes off; he finds the hole created for him using excellent vision and is able to immediately gain yardage. Along with his vision, Ty has amazing balance and break away speed. Maybe even more important is the fact that he keeps his feet moving at all times, always running through the first wave of contact. Any offense could easily ride his back to success.

How long have you been playing football?

I’ve been playing since I was 4. I started in a Pop Warner league here around Dallas.

How was last season?

Coming into last season, I was not even the starter. Around game five my hard work paid off and I got the start. We went 7-3, unfortunately did not make the playoffs. But we had a decent team.

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

Being able to help out my team. Before I was a starter we won a few games then lost a few games straight. I was able to put the team on my back and carry us to even have playoff hopes.

What are some expectations for this season?

We are just working hard and trying to get to the playoffs so we can be in a position to win a state championship.

Is there anyone who you model you game after?

I would say Mark Ingram. He is a leader who puts his team first and he runs hard as well.

What do you think you need to improve on the most?

I think my flexibility. If I could be more flexible I could be more versatile with my game.

Do you play any other sports?

I run track, but honestly I just do it for fun and conditioning.

How have you stayed in shape since last season?

I have done strength and conditioning with the team throughout the summer as well ass P.T. with the team rather than as an individual.

What do you love most about playing football?

The environment. Being around people who have the same grit and passion that I have. Being a leader and working with others.

How do you get ready for a game?

I take a nap after we get out of school. When I get up, I listen to music and just get my mind on the game.

How often do you watch film?

I watch film every day. As soon as my school work is done, I’m on my computer watching film. There is always something from practice or games I messed up on that I can watch and improve. I try to mostly watch our film because I feel like if I do my job, I will have success.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I just like being with my friends and family. A lot of us are leaving for college all across the country, so I just like enjoying the time we have.

How would you describe yourself as a player and a teammate?

As a player, I’m versatile an I will always go 100%. Even in practice, I’m always in game mode. As a teammate, I like to be team first. I’m a leader and when somebody is down I like to pick them up.

What motivates you to play football?

It would have to be my mom. I feel like football is our way out. If I put in the effort she put in to take care of me, she will never have to work again.