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#70 La'el Collins
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 321 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 2 Letters
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Redemptorist HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Born: 07/26/1993
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La'el Collins Bio
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Release: 08/03/2014

2013 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2013 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. TCU)
2012 All-SEC Honorable Mention (AP)
2012 SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Alabama)
2011 Freshman All-American

Powerful run blocker who has played in 32 games with 25 starts on the offensive line for the Tigers ... Goes into senior season as one of the top left tackles in college football and a candidate for the Outland Trophy and other national awards ... Spent first two years playing guard for the Tigers before moving to left tackle for the 2013 season ... Made immediate impact, earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. TCU in what was his first game at left tackle ... Earned second team All-SEC honors from the SEC Coaches as a junior in 2013 ... Opted to return to school for senior season with emphasis on getting his degree and improving draft status for 2015 NFL Draft, where he will be projected as a first round pick ... For career, has seen action on 1,690 offensive snaps with 134.5 knockdowns.

Played and started 12 games at left tackle ... Sat out Furman game ... Earned second team All-SEC honors from the SEC Coaches ... Played a total of 808 snaps with 65 knockdowns ... Key cog in LSU offensive line that helped Tigers to rush for a school-record 37 touchdowns in 2013 ... Tiger offense also accounted for school-record 465.9 total yards per game, which included 200.8 rushing and 256.8 passing ... In first career start at left tackle, earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors in win over TCU in season-opener ... Against TCU, played 85 snaps with two knockdowns as Tigers racked up 448 total yards of offense despite playing without All-SEC running back Jeremy Hill ... LSU's 448 total yards came against a TCU defense that returned nine starters from a unit that led the Big 12 in total defense in 2012 ... Had eight knockdowns on 74 plays as LSU logged 324 rushing yards and 517 total yards in 34-10 win over Texas A&M ... Followed that with career-best nine knockdowns on 71 snaps in 31-27 win over Arkansas ... Helped pave the way for Jeremy Hill's 216 rushing yards in 21-14 win over Iowa in Outback Bowl.

Started all 13 games at left guard ... Led team in both total snaps (836) and knockdowns (64.5) ... Named honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press ... Played every offensive snap in LSU's last 11 games ... Earned SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in LSU's near-upset of top-ranked Alabama ... In that game vs. the Crimson Tide, played 84 snaps with a team-high nine knockdowns as the Tigers racked up 435 total yards, 22 first downs and held the ball for 39 minutes and 15 seconds ... Led Tigers with 11.5 knockdowns vs. Ole Miss and 10 vs. South Carolina ... Had team-best six knockdowns on just 47 offensive snaps in Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson ... Made his first career start against North Texas and earned three knockdowns in 36 snaps.

Played in seven games with no starts ... Saw action on 46 snaps on the offensive line and posted five knockdown blocks ... Tallied two knockdowns in 14 plays on the offensive line at Ole Miss ... Saw his first action as a Tiger against Northwestern State and posted three knockdowns on 21 snaps ... Recognized as a freshman All-America by after the season.

One of the premiere offensive tackles in the nation ... Was called by many as arguably the best offensive lineman to ever come out of Louisiana ... Named a 2011 first team Parade All-America on offense ... A five-star prospect by every major recruiting source ... Has massive upper body and huge hands with quick feet ... Ranked No. 6 in Rivals Top 100 and the No. 1 recruit coming out of the state by Rivals and ... Ranked No. 2 offensive tackle by ... Ranked No. 8 in ESPN 150 ... Ranked No. 2 in Sporting News Top 100 ... Rated No. 9 in PrepStar Top 150 ... Named to RivalsHigh 2010 All-American team and USA Today All-USA High School team ... Selected as a member of the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team assembled by USA Football ... Participated in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game ... Named a New Orleans Times Picayune Blue-Chip recruit ... Selected as a member of The Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen ... Named to the Louisiana 3A All-State team his final three seasons of high school ... Coached by Guy Mistretta.

Parents are Loyetta Collins and David Phillips ... Born July 26, 1993 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies ... His brother David Collins is a weight thrower on LSU's track and field team.


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