Fans: Hogs' Collins top impact freshman

February, 15, 2013
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Yes, it’s early to be predicting which freshmen will have the biggest impacts next season.

But the fans have spoken in our SportsNation poll and selected Arkansas running back Alex Collins by a comfortable margin.

With more than 9,200 votes cast, Collins garnered 41 percent of the vote. Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was second with 21 percent and Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones third with 20 percent.

Collins made the Hogs sweat a little bit, but signed a day after he was initially scheduled to because his mother refused to sign his letter-of-intent on national signing day. Collins' father ended up signing his paperwork.

He's exactly what Arkansas needs at the running back position with Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson both departing. The 5-11, 200-pound Collins rushed for 2,915 yards and 38 touchdowns his last two seasons of high school in Plantation, Fla., and was ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 running back prospect in the country.

First-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has shown in the past that he likes to run the football, so Hogs' fans shouldn't have to wait long to see Collins get his first carry.

Chris Low | email

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