HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss defensive end Jamie Collins was named to the Phil Steele 2012 All-American fourth team in a release from the magazine on Friday.
Collins was named to the team as a defensive end and was the only defender in Conference USA to earn a spot on any of the four defensive teams.
The McCall Creek, Miss., native earned Conference USA first-team honors last week in a vote taken by the league’s 12 head coaches. Collins led the team in tackles in 2012 with 92 and also ranked first in C-USA in tackles for loss (20.0) and third in sacks (10.0), which both rank fifth on the school’s single-season chart. His tackles for loss number currently ranked tied for No. 7 in the country, while his sack total was 21st nationally.
The Golden Eagle defensive end forced four fumbles during the campaign, which ranks tied for 3rd on the school’s single-season chart and holds a 5th-place tie on the school’s career chart with seven fumbles forced with Rod Davis (2000-03). It was the 3rd consecutive season a Golden Eagle has forced four fumbles.
He posted three double-digit tackle performances during the year including a season-high 13 against Nebraska and 10 versus Boise State. For his career, Collins finished with 45 tackles for loss and 21 sacks, a mark that puts him at fifth all-time in the school’s career charts.
It is the third straight year that the Golden Eagles produced an All-American. Former cornerback Marquese Wheaton was named a fourth-team All-American, also by Phil Steele¸ following the 2011 campaign while kicker Danny Hrapmann took home numerous All-American honors, including a Walter Camp first-team nod, in 2010. Collins also becomes the school’s 33rd player to reach All-American status.