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Get to Know Oklahoma State RB Elijah Collins

A former top recruit in Michigan with valuable experience.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

Elijah Collins finally left the state of Michigan to go to Oklahoma State.

In his first game as a Cowboy, Collins saw the end zone, scoring on a 17-yard run to push the Cowboys’ lead over Central Arkansas to 20-7 late in the fourth quarter.

From Detroit, Collins spent five years at Michigan State before transferring to OSU as a super senior.

After redshirting his first year on campus, Collins burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He started in 12 games, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors after rushing for 988 yards and five touchdowns– both team highs. His 988 rushing yards ranked fourth in the Big Ten. The climax of his season was a 192-yard performance against Western Michigan.

Collins’ production slowed as a sophomore and junior. He missed five games as a junior because of injury. Collins found success in short-yardage situations last season, rushing for a team-high six touchdowns. He scored two of those in one game against Indiana.

Collins was named one of four team captains for the Spartans last year.

Collins was a highly touted recruit out of University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Rivals and 247Sports rated Collins as the top running back prospect in the state, as well as the 10th best overall player in the state by 247Sports.

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