Honors & Awards
- 2010 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- 2010 UNL Life Skills Hero Award
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008; Spring 2009; Fall 2009)
2010: Collins appeared in 31 contests in 2010, hitting .215 with two homers and six RBIs • Hit a pinch-hit homer - the second of his career - against Baylor on April 24 before going hitless in two at bats in the finale • Enjoyed his best series against Kansas, hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a double and a homer • Collected his first multi-hit game of the season on April 16, going 3-for-5 with a homer, double and three runs scored, matching personal bests in both hits and runs • Was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, HBP & two runs scored vs. Wichita State on April 13 • Hit safely in both games against North Dakota, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base • Went 1-for-2 with a double and RBI in two games against Northern Colorado • Hit .286 (2-for-7) with an RBI in two appearances against No. 9 UCLA, getting an eighth-inning RBI single in the finale to help NU tie the score at four • Drew two walks and had a stolen base against TAMU-Corpus Christi on Feb. 26 • Went 2-for-10 at Fresno State, but coaxed six walks and had three stolen bases, all coming in a 10-9 loss on Feb. 20.
2009: Collins earned extensive time as a freshman, despite missing three weeks with a broken right thumb • Appeared in 40 contests, hitting .245 with a homer and 11 RBIs • Made 24 starts, mainly as one of the Huskers’ top corner outfielders against left-handers • Totaled five multi-hit games on the season, highlighted by a pair of three-hit performances • Played in 23 conference games, hitting .241 with a homer and six RBIs • Sparked NU’s efforts against Missouri, going 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, including a pair of hits and two runs scored in the finale on May 3 • Was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in two games against New Mexico • Went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in a 4-3 12-inning win at Creighton on April 21 • Drew two walks in the opener against No. 23 Texas A&M on April 17 • Was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the win over Iowa on April 14 • Went 1-for-2 with a walk against Creighton on April 7 • Had two hits and a walk in the series opener with Kansas State on April 3 • Went 5-for-11 with five RBIs in the series loss at No. 11 Oklahoma, including a pinch-hit homer in the series opener and a career-best 3-for-5 effort in the twinbill nightcap on March 29 • Torched Northern Colorado in a two-game series, going 5-for-8 with two RBIs and four runs scored • Picked up his second multi-hit game against the Bears on March 25, going 2-for-4 with an RBI against Northern Colorado • Established career highs in both hits (three) and runs (three) in a 14-13 win over Northern Colorado on March 24, finishing a homer short of the cycle • Went 1-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice in three games against No. 11 Oklahoma State • Came off the bench to go 1-for-2 against UL-Lafayette in the season opener on Feb. 20 before suffering a broken thumb on the first pitch he saw the next day • Spent the summer in La Crosse in the Northwoods League, helping the Loggers to a playoff appearance • Hit .195 with three homers and 21 RBIs in the wood-bat league, including a .316 average and three RBIs in the playoffs.
Before Nebraska: One of the top high school players in Texas, Collins led Waxahachie High School to a Class 4A runner-up finish for Coach Terry Wood in 2008 • Garnered all-state honors as a senior, hitting .522 with nine homers, 35 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 23 stolen bases • Started all four years on the diamond, earning all-district honors each season • Chosen as the district newcomer of the year in 2005, the sophomore of the year in 2006 and a first-team honoree in 2007 and 2008 • Participated in the 2007 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. • Teamed with fellow Husker sophomore Kale Kiser on the DBAT team that won the 2006 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series title • Three-sport standout who also played football (quarterback and safety) and basketball in high school • Recognized as the District 15-4A Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, throwing for 1,389 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007 • Graduated in the top 11 percent of his class and was a National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born on June 13, 1989, in Mount Pleasant, Texas • Parents are Tom and Sheri Collins • Has one sister (Bridgett) • Is a broadcasting major who carries a 3.66 GPA at NU • Father was a punter at the University of Indiana • Full name is Thomas Joseph Collins III.
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