Steve Collins (American football)
Collins attended Ennis High School and was the quarterback of the school's football team. He was recruited by various colleges, and decided to attend Oklahoma; during collegiate recruiting, scouts considered him one of the best option quarterbacks in the state.
Collins redshirted his freshman year at Oklahoma in 1988. After starting quarterback Charles Thompson's arrest, the starting job was said to be between Collins, unrelated fellow freshman Tink Collins, and sophomore Chris Melson, none of whom had played a college football game yet. After summer drills were completed, Collins was granted the starting job for the Sooners, becoming the first freshman in school history to start the season opener at quarterback. Collins began the season as starting quarterback in 1989, but he broke the pinky on his right hand on the first play of the Sooners' 33-7 victory over Baylor on September 9, 1989. In early November, he returned to the lineup and ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 119 yards and a touchdown in a 52-14 win over Missouri.
As a redshirt sophomore in 1990, Collins was Oklahoma's starting quarterback for the first six games of the season. He lost the starting job for the last half of the 1990 season to Cale Gundy. He remained Gundy's backup for most of the 1991 season. As a senior in 1992, Collins began the year as the Sooners' backup quarterback, but Collins became the team's starting quarterback after Gundy suffered a concussion in the seventh game of the season. During the 1992 season, there was dissension among the players over the decision of Coach Gary Gibbs to name Gundy as the starting quarterback over Collins.
Notes and references
- Thomas, Jim (February 16, 1988). "Colorado Recruit Says He'll Surpass Holieway". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 3.
- Wangrin, Mark (June 25, 1989). "Oklahoma coach sweats it out - Longhorns-Sooners game will be 1 of many tests for Gary Gibbs". Austin American-Statesman. p. H1.
- "OU ready for game action". Altus Times. August 30, 1989. p. 8.
- "Collins to miss four to six weeks". Altus Times. September 11, 1989.
- "Oklahoma wins, but loses quarterback". Chicago Tribune. September 10, 1989. p. 5.
- "Oklahoma quarterback returns to lead rout". Chicago Tribune. November 5, 1989.
- Curtis Eichelberger (October 26, 1990). "SOONERS STEP OUT TO GET MORE AIR OKLAHOMA BRINGS IN NEW PLAYERS TO STRENGTHEN ITS PASSING ATTACK". Rocky Mountain News.
- Barry Horn (October 12, 1990). "A CONTRAST IN QUARTERBACKS: Collins still No. 1, but OU does have option--Gundy". The Dallas Morning News.
- "With Gundy ailing, OU will probably run more". Lawrence Journal-World. October 29, 1992.
- "OKLAHOMA FACING PLAYER REVOLT?". Daily Press, Newport News, Va. November 19, 1992.
- "FALLING OUT: Oklahoma's coach, some players differ on reason for recent rift". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. November 22, 1992.
- "Oklahoma Players Clear Air With Coach". Chicago Sun-Times. November 19, 1992.
- Dozier, Ray (2005). The Oklahoma Football Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 329. ISBN 978-1-58261-699-5.