With Rasheen Mathis making a name for Bethune Cookman in the 2003 NFL draft at the safety position, we now have Nick Collins of Bethune Cookman who will follow in the footsteps of Mathis and try to reach his dreams of being drafted next spring. Collins stands 5-10 weighing 193 lbs. and runs a 4.42 forty-yard dash time. He also grabbed seven interceptions last season. Expect a lot from Collins this season and check out our Q&A session.
DITR: What’s your major?
NC: My major is physical education.
DITR: Why did you choose to attend Bethune Cookman?
NC: It was a last minute decision. I was offered a four-year scholarship. There were other schools that I had interest in, which was Florida State, Louisville and the University of Ohio, but I chose to stay close to home.
DITR: What are your strengths and weaknesses on the field?
NC: My weakness is playing off the ball and my strengths are man-to-man coverage, my quickness, jamming receivers and I have good recovery speed.
DITR: Do you think Rasheen Mathis and yourself have similar styles of play?
NC: No, we have different styles of play. At the time when Rasheen was in school he had a better work ethic than I did. He also has good awareness on the field.
DITR: What was your best game last season as a junior?
NC: My best game was against South Carolina State. I had two interceptions and eight total tackles.
DITR: What are your goals after football?
NC: I would like to coach high school football.
DITR: What NFL team would you like to play for and why?
NC: I would like to play for Tampa Bay Buccaneers because I like their defensive scheme and I love to hit.
DITR: What NFL player do you emulate your style of play after?
NC: Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, Rasheen Mathis of the Jacksonville Jaguars and John Lynch of the Denver Broncos because they’re physical type players.
DITR: What do you like to do outside of football?
NC: I like to workout and chill with my family.
DITR: What are your goals for your senior year at Bethune Cookman?
NC: I want to be a leader for the team. Do what’s right on the field, stay focused and break the interception record, which is 14 by Rasheen Mathis.
DITR: Thank you for taking the time to sit with us. Good luck with the upcoming season!
NC: Thank you for this interview and the exposure.