Event: Weight Throw (61-0 ¾), Hammer Throw (186-9)
Lettered for the Tigers for the first time in his career during the indoor and outdoor seasons … Raised his personal best in the weight throw indoors by nearly 12 feet over the course of the season … Eclipsed the 60-foot mark for the first time in his career with a seasonal-best throw of 61 feet, 0 ¾ inches in a fifth-place finish in the weight throw at the LSU Twilight … Followed by finishing in 17th place in his debut at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships, throwing a series-best of 57-1 ½ … Set personal bests in four-straight meets to open the 2014 indoor season, including marks of 57-3 for sixth place at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, 57-8 ½ for fourth place at the Texas A&M Triangular, 58-1 ¼ for seventh place at the New Mexico Team Invitational and 59-2 ¼ for sixth place at the Aggie Invitational … Also threw the weight at the Tyson Invitational indoors, throwing 57-1 ½ for eighth place in the event … Raised his personal best in the hammer throw by more than 24 feet over the course of the outdoor season … Threw a best of 186-9 in an eighth-place finish at the LSU Invitational in his regular-season finale outdoors … Followed by finishing in 16th place in his debut at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 180-6 … Set back-to-back personal bests to open the outdoor season with marks of 181-7 for third place at the Jim Mize Invitational and 181-11 for fourth place at the Battle on the Bayou … Took third place in the hammer with his top mark of 177-9 at Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational … Also threw the hammer at the LSU Alumni Gold meet, throwing 172-5 for 12th place.
Competed in the weight throw indoors and both the discus and hammer throw outdoors during his true freshman season for the Tigers in 2013 … Earned a seasonal-best fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational after throwing 154-6 in the event … Set a personal best of 162-1 in the hammer in a ninth-place finish at the LSU Relays … Finished in seventh place at the Battle on the Bayou (153-7) and 14th place at the LSU Alumni Gold (146-1) in the hammer throw … Threw a best of 126-2 in the discus in a 17th-place finish at the LSU Relays … Also threw the discus at the Louisiana Classics (120-2) and Battle on the Bayou (111-5) during the outdoor season … Posted a seasonal best of 49-1 ½ indoors in the 35-pound weight throw while claiming fifth place at the LSU Invitational … Earned back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the weight throw at the Texas A&M Triangular (46-2 ¾) and LSU Twilight (48-11 ½).
PRIOR TO LSU
Was a district champion in the discus during his prep career at Broadmoor High School … Was also a regional runner-up and fifth-place finisher at the state meet in the discus … Also finished as a district runner-up in the pole vault during his high school career … Helped lead his high school track team to a district championship … Was a three-year letterwinner in track and field under the direction of head coach Allan Brown … Also played football and soccer at Broadmoor High School … Was a first-team all-district midfielder on the soccer pitch … Was also a first-team all-district tight end and a second-team all-district defensive end on the football field.
Full name is David Gerard Collins … Born on Sept. 21, 1994 … Parents are Loyetta Collins and David Phillips … Has four siblings: Loruhamah, Lahairoi, La’el and Leah … Brother, La’el, is a starting offensive guard on the LSU football team … An honor roll student during his prep career at Broadmoor … Majoring in business.