Avengers sign former Occidental star quarterback Andy Collins
LOS ANGELES -- Quarterback Andy Collins, a three-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference "Offensive Player of the Year," signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Avengers on Thursday.
Collins (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) was 491-of-745 (64.9 percent) for 6,394 yards and 71 touchdowns during his three-year career at Occidental College (Eagle Rock, Calif.). While with the Tigers, he never lost a conference game (18-0), led Occidental on a 26-game regular-season winning streak and advanced to the NCAA Division III West Region final in 2004. He was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 349 yards and four scores as a senior in 2006.
"Andy had a dominant career at the Division III level and we're interested in having him grow in our system," Avenger head coach Ed Hodgkiss said. "We're also looking into the possibility of him being a running quarterback down in the red zone and even a 'jack' linebacker on defense. He's that kind of athlete."
This past summer, Collins participated in a mini-camp with the New York Giants.
After graduating from Zillah (Wash.) High School, where he was a member of the football, basketball and track & field teams, Collins spent his freshman season at the University of Oregon in 2003, before transferring to Occidental.
This past season, the Avengers finished second in the Arena Football League's Western Division, compiling a 9-7 regular-season record before defeating the Utah Blaze, 64-42, at STAPLES Center to register the franchise's first postseason victory.
Avenger 2008 season tickets, which include nine games played at STAPLES Center, are on sale now at 1-888-AVENGERS or www.laavengers.com.
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