Austin Collie: Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver

Austin Collie was born November 11, 1985 in El Dorado Hills, California. He is in his second season with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

Collie was voted Northern California’s Most Valuable Player while at Oak Ridge High School after hauling in 60 catches for 978 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. From there he attended Brigham Young University. His father, Scott, played football at BYU from 1979-82 before going on to a career in the CFL with the Hamilton Tigercats, and his brother, Zac, also played for the Cougars between 2003-06.

Collie made an immediate impression at the collegiate level, starting 10 of 11 games during his freshman season, and racking up 53 catches for 771 yards and eight touchdowns. The yards and touchdowns set a school freshman record, and Collie was named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year.

Highlights of Austin Collie at BYU

In keeping with the BYU tradition of mission trips, Collie set out for Buenos Aires, Argentina before his sophomore season. For two years he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not returning to school until the fall of 2007, two years after his record breaking freshman year. He was worked back into the lineup slowly, starting only seven of 13 games as a sophomore, but he did top 100 receiving yards or more in six games, and was a Second-Team All-MWC selection.

Collie exploded the following season, shattering all sorts of school and conference receiving records. He hauled in 106 passes and led the nation with 1,538 yards and 15 touchdowns, and was named First-Team All American by the Associated Press.

After such an impressive showing, and taking into account the two years he spent on the mission trip, Collie decided to forego his senior season, and entered his name into the 2009 NFL Draft. He ended his BYU career as the career leader in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards, and was second on the all-time list for career receptions.

Despite the gaudy statistics, Collie wasn’t considered a sure-fire NFL success because of his lack of prototypical size and relatively slow 40-yard dash time, but Bill Polian loved his skill set, and felt the studious and intelligent Collie would fit perfectly in the Colts system. As usual, he was dead-on. The Colts selected Collie with the 27th pick in the 4th round, and the young receiver immediately impressed coach Jim Caldwell in training camp.

Collie earned the nod over Pierre Garcon as the opening day slot receiver, and when Anthony Gonzalez went down in the first game and Garcon moved to the outside to replace him, Collie found himself all alone in the role. He responded by finishing the season tied with Percy Harvin for the rookie lead in receptions with 60, and no other rookie wideout topped the seven touchdowns he produced. In the playoffs, he set a club rookie post-season record when he had 123 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Game.

Austin Collie catches his first NFL touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.