British Columbia Lions

Austin Collie - Receiver - 2015 - BYU


Canadian Press - 6-4-2016

Austin Collie has informed the B.C. Lions he plans to retire.

The 30-year-old receiver spent his only CFL season with the club in 2015, hauling in 43 receptions for 439 yards and seven touchdowns. He also tallied a 21-yard passing touchdown to quarterback Jonathan Jennings on a trick play in week 15 versus Saskatchewan.


--excerpt Mike Beamish - Vancouver Sun - 3-10-2015 --

“I’ve done that a little bit before,” explained Collie, who was an All-American wide receiver with the BYU Cougars. “I threw one in college, but it got picked off. That was my first touchdown throw in the pros.”

Indeed, he had attempted a variation of the same play three times in his three-year college career, the first with John Beck, the former Lion, as his quarterback when Collie was a freshman receiver at BYU. It ended up being intercepted by Utah’s Eric Weddle, now a five-time All-Pro free safety with the San Diego Chargers.

As a sophomore and junior (he declared for the NFL draft following his junior year), Collie also attempted passes that failed to connect, though it was not for lack of skill. Coach Bronco Mendenhall even had him practicing with the Cougars quarterbacks, but he had much more success as a catcher than as a pitcher. In 2008, Collie led the nation in reception yards (1,538), per-game average (118.3) and had 11 straight games of least 100 yards, tying him with Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech as the best in the country.

“The funny thing is, in practice, he (Collie) was throwing perfect balls (in rehearsing the pitch-reverse play) and I dropped them every time,” Jennings said. “This time it just kind of worked out.”

Collie was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, where he became a preferred target of star quarterback Peyton Manning.

In five NFL seasons, the Brigham Young University product registered 179 catches for 1,908 yards and 16 touchdowns in 49 games, but also suffered a number of injuries, including three concussions.

He had just seven catches in six games for the New England Patriots in 2013 and sat out all of 2014 before giving the CFL a try after teams south of the border stopped calling.

Collie — who grew up in California, but was born in Hamilton while his father played for the Tiger-Cats — was an intriguing prospect for the Canadian game.

He counted as a national player at a skill position, meaning that an American could be plugged into another area of need on the field of a ratio-driven league.

But the experiment never really worked, and B.C. struggled to a 7-11 record under one-and-done head coach Jeff Tedford.

Collie had 11 catches for 149 yards and a pair of TDs in his first two games, but he couldn't establish himself as a threat from there in an offence that sputtered most of the season.

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Austin Collie BYU      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2015 BC 43 439 10.2 46 7
Total 1 43 439 10.2 46 7


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Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2009 Ind 60 676 11.3 39 7
2010 Ind 58 649 11.2 73 8
2011 Ind 54 514 9.5 27 1
2013 Ind 1 6 6.0 0 0
2013 NE 6 63 10.5 19 0
Total 14 179 1,908 10.7 72 16