Events: Weight Throw (68-3 3/4), Hammer Throw (212-2)
A two-time NCAA qualifier in the hammer throw during his collegiate career with the Tigers ... Competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds as a junior in 2015 and again as a senior in 2016 ... Earned All-SEC honors during his senior season as the SEC Indoor Bronze Medalist in the weight throw ... Closed out his career with personal bests of 68 feet, 3 3/4 inches in the weight throw and 212-2 in the hammer throw ... Ranked No. 6 indoors and No. 8 outdoors on LSU's all-time performance lists in his specialty events ... Graduated from LSU in December 2016 with a degree in marketing.
An All-SEC performer indoors and NCAA qualifier outdoors in his final season with the Tigers ... Closed out the indoor season as the SEC Indoor Bronze Medalist in the weight throw while throwing a personal best of 68-3 3/4 at the conference meet ... Moved into the No. 6 spot on LSU's all-time indoor performnace list with his PR of 68-3 3/4 ... Set three personal bests during the indoor season as he first raised his PR to 65-6 1/4 in a seventh-place finish at the Power Five Conference Clash before throwing 67-8 1/4 for third place at the Razorback Invitational the following week ... Won the weight throw title at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic with a mark of 67-5 1/4 ... Placed fourth at both the LSU High Performance Meet (65-9 3/4) and LSU Twilight (65-4 1/4) ... Opened the season with back-to-back sixth-place finishes at the Purple Tiger Invitational (60-3) and Bayou Bengal Invitational (60-9 1/4) ... Qualified for the hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the second-straight season ... Capped his outdoor season by throwing 197-5 for 36th place at the NCAA East Prelims held in Jacksonville, Florida ... Was the 12th-place finisher in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a series-best mark of 201-4 ... Threw a big personal best of 212-2 in a runner-up finish at the Texas Invitational ... Mark ranked No. 8 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list at the end of the 2016 season ... Kicked off his outdoor season with back-to-back marks of 206-0 for third place at the Hurricane Twilight and fifth place at the Texas Relays ... Placed sixth at the LSU Invitational (209-8) and seventh at the LSU Alumni Gold (202-0).
Qualified to throw the hammer at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the first time in his collegiate career … Competed in the event at the NCAA East Prelims held at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville … Also competed in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Starkville, Mississippi … Smashed his personal best with a seasonal-best throw of 206 feet, 5 inches in a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at the LSU Alumni Gold meet … Moved into the No. 7 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the men’s hammer throw with his PR of 206-5 … Also was the No. 30-ranked mark by a qualifier for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Eclipsed the 200-foot mark for the first time in his collegiate career in his outdoor opener at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, where he threw a season-opening 203-11 in a runner-up finish … Also threw 201-0 in a seventh-place finish at the LSU Invitational in the team’s regular-season finale … Threw the hammer at the Texas Relays (196-9), Battle on the Bayou (195-6) and Jim Click Shootout (197-11) … Competed in the weight throw during the indoor season … Earned a 14th-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, with a series-best mark of 61-3 … Established his personal best of 64-6 ½ in a third-place finish at the LSU High Performance Meet to rank No. 9 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event … Threw a season-opening 60-4 ½ for seventh place in the weight throw at the LSU Indoor Invitational … Placed third at the New Mexico Classic (60-6 ½), fourth at the LSU Twilight (61-11 ½) and fifth at the Razorback Invitational (60-8 ¾) … Also threw the weight at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (57-5) and Rod McCravy Memorial (56-5 ¼) during the indoor season.
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 61-0 ¾ 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 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 former All-American offensive lineman at LSU and now plays with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL … An honor roll student during his prep career at Broadmoor … Graduated from LSU in December 2016 with a degree in marketing.