Austin Collie set many marks while at BYU, including tying an NCAA-record by recording 11 straight games of 100 yards or more receiving. He ends his stint at BYU as the school’s all-time leader in career receiving yards (3,255), receptions (215) and touchdown catches (30).
I remember the first time seeing Collie perform live at a summer camp. At that time he was trying to decide between BYU and Stanford, among other programs. Collie showed up for just one day, but one could readily note that he was quite a notch above the other talent at the camp.
My foremost memory of Collie while at the camp was the one catch that he dropped during drills. Collie was very upset about it, expressing some anger and a lot of disappointment and acting as if he’d just dropped the would-be winning touchdown pass during a game. This continued throughout his career at BYU, as Collie was always someone who expected nothing but the highest level of performance from himself and pushed himself as hard as any player I’ve seen in my seven years covering the football program.
Collie never took practices off and went out there every day practicing as if he were a true freshman trying to earn a spot. Collie’s work ethic and consistent intensity raised the level of practice performance for the entire team. Fans saw the finished product on the field, but they should readily note how hard Collie worked throughout his career while at BYU in order to become the best receiver ever to pass through the football program. I can’t remember many practices, if any at all, where Collie wasn’t the last player to leave the practice field.
Collie’s contributions will be missed considerably and we obviously wish him well at the next level, where his continued hard work and high expectations for himself will continue to benefit him and his play. Collie leaves a huge void in the wide receiving corps that may prove impossible to fully fill.