Oregon State’s dual-threat quarterback Seth Collins has had a change of heart and will return to the Beavers program in 2016 instead of following through on a plan to transfer to Northern Illinois. He will do so playing a new position according to a report from The Oregonian. Collins will make a switch to wide receiver.
Collins was to play quarterback for the MAC program, but he will now be used as a wide receiver in Oregon State’s offense. He says he is ready to make up for lost time this spring and embraces the chance to be welcomed back bu his Oregon State teammates.
“I’m very humbled that my teammates and coaches have provided me the opportunity to rejoin the team,” Collins said in a released statement. “Coach [Gary Andersen] did not always agree with the direction that I was headed during this process, but was always there to talk and support me as a person first.”
Collins made a surprising and seemingly out-of-the-blue decision to leave the Oregon State program in January with the intent to continue his playing career elsewhere. No reason for the decision to transfer was given at the time, but something clearly has changed for Collins in Corvallis.
Collins started seven games for Oregon State in 2015 before a knee injury put him on the sideline for the next four games before he returned for a season finale game against Oregon, where he was used in a variety of ways in the offense. Despite missing time due to the injury, Collins still finished the year as Oregon State’s leading passer with 935 passing yards and six touchdowns and leading rusher with 575 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
Oregon State’s quarterback depth appeared to take a hit with the loss of Collins and Nick Mitchell transferring to Division 2 Dixie State. The Beavers see a quarterback competition ongoing between Utah State transfer Darrell Garretson, Marcus McMaryion and early enrollee Mason Moran with JUCO transfer Daniel Prieto joining the mix later this summer.
A day after signing day, Northern Illinois put the finishing touches on its Class of 2016 with the addition of Oregon State transfer quarterback Seth Collins.
“We’re really happy to have Seth, he’s a quality, quality young man,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey in a released statement. “He’s obviously a fantastic football player and a great quarterback, and he comes from a great family who we have gotten to know during this process. We look forward to having him on campus with the rest of the class this summer and to 2017 when he will be eligible to suit up and play for us.”
As noted by Carey, Collins will not be eligible to play for the Huskies until the 2017 season. NCAA transfer rules mean Collins will have to sit out the 2016 season, but he can join the team in all other activities other than playing games.
Collins left Oregon State as speculation grew he was possibly going to be moved to wide receiver. At NIU it looks as though he will be locked into playing quarterback for the MAC squad. Collins started seven games for the Beavers in 2015 before being sidelined with a knee injury.
It took about 84 minutes, but Michigan finally took its first lead in a football game coached by Jim Harbaugh with just over four minutes until reaching halftime against Oregon State in Ann Arbor. De’Veon Smith‘s short touchdown run gave Michigan a 10-7 lead. Now we need to see if the Wolverines can pick up the first win under their new head coach. Michigan leads 17-7 at the half thanks to some poor special teams play from the visiting Oregon State Beavers.
The turning point fo the game may have come on a bizarre sequence late in the first half. Oregon State looked to have pinned the Wolverines back at their two-yard line late in the half, but a penalty called on Oregon State forced to punt once more. This time though the snap sailed over the head of Nick Porebski, and the ball was recovered by Michigan at the Oregon State three-yard line. A couple of plays later Smith pushed forward for his second touchdown of the half as Michigan took a 17-7 lead.
Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has been dependable for the Wolverines offense, though big plays have not been the formula for the most part. Rudock has completed 11 of 15 pass attempts for 91 yards, and he has been taken down behind the line of scrimmage. Smith has led the way on the ground with 73 rushing yards so far.
Late in the half we got our first real glimpse of Harbaugh’s rage factor when Michigan was called for a roughing the punter penalty (the punter was outside the tackle box). Harbaugh was none too pleased with the call on the field by the officials. There will be more of this in the future for Wolverine fans.
Oregon State took an early lead on the Wolverines just minutes into the game. Seth Collins completed a pass to Hunter Jarmon for a 21-yard touchdown play for the early lead.