WAXAHACHIE — Fresh off a dismantling of Texas College, junior quarterback CJ Collins has been named the Central States Football League Offensive Player of the Week.
Collins threw for a new career-high 443 yards and 5 touchdowns. The five scores tie the Southwestern Assemblies of God record set in 2009 by Jeremy Fowler.
Collins credits his offensive line, receivers and SAGU Offensive Coordinator Sam Harrell for his career day.
“The offensive line played amazing and picked up pressure all game long. They are the heart of this offense for sure," Collins said. "Coach Harrell called a great game Saturday, and we were able to stretch the Texas College defense with our athletic receivers. The guys around me played amazing and made my job very easy.”
Harrell, who is in his first year with the program, agreed with Collins on the award and win being an overall team effort.
“CJ did a great job of stepping up in the pocket and delivering some perfect passes. He trusted his offensive line and had some fantastic catches by his receivers. It was a good day for the passing game,” Harrell said.
Currently, Collins checks in at No. 19 in the NAIA for passing yards per game (285.3) and in total passing yards (856 yards).
This season has been a welcomed return for the quarterback said SAGU Head Coach Frank Tristan.
“After a season-ending injury last year in game two, it is great to see CJ playing at a high level. He has really worked on his game and his accuracy has improved from last year," Tristan said.
SAGU plays at Texas Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. This will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs, as Wesleyan begins year one of fielding a football team.
The Lions are 2-1 this season and 1-0 in CSFL conference play.