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A former linebacker and receiver who moved to tight end for 2004 spring practice ... has shown promise at the position as both a pass catcher and a blocker ... has been a special teams stalwart throughout his Irish career ... could be used in multiple tight end alignments.

2003 (SENIOR): Played in 10 games at defensive end and linebacker for the Irish in 2003 ... also contributed on special teams ... finished the season with nine tackles (seven solos) and one tackle for a loss ... had one tackle in the Washington State game ... recorded a tackle for loss versus USC ... saw time at linebacker against Boston College when the Irish switched to a 4-4-3 defense in the second half, making a solo tackle ... saw time at linebacker versus Florida State ... also played linebacker versus BYU ... saw action at linebacker against Stanford ... made two solo tackles versus the Cardinal ... recorded two tackles against Syracuse ... played 33:26 on defense and had 142 special teams appearances.

2002 (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games as a reserve at outside linebacker ... saw his first playing time on defense against Maryland, coming in passing situations ... made his first career tackle versus Maryland ... saw action on defense in passing situations against Stanford and Pittsburgh ... saw action on defense versus Rutgers and Southern California ... was a critical player on special teams as he made 159 appearances, fourth-most on the team.

2001 (SOPHOMORE): Played in three games as a reserve at outside linebacker ... made 32 special teams appearances in the first three games, but did not play after the Texas A&M game.

2000 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action after changing positions from wide receiver to outside linebacker during the 2000 season.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Wheaton-Warrenville South in Warrenville, Ill. ... was ranked 94th on the Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 national prospects in 1999 ... rated 11th on Best of the Midwest team by Detroit Free-Press ... selected one of top 25 players in Illinois for 1999 by Chicago Sun-Times ... received special mention on Champaign News-Gazette all-state team ... named to the all-DuPage Valley Conference team in 1999 ... a three-year starter who helped his team to state titles as a sophomore and junior followed by an 8-3 mark in 1999 ... caught 35 passes for 450 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 1999 ... averaged 10 yards on 16 reverses and also returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score and did the same on a 63-yard punt return ... made more than 40 tackles, four sacks and six tackles for losses while playing the last four games of 1999 at outside linebacker ... played wide receiver, tight end and linebacker as a junior in 1998 ... made 31 catches for 702 yards and eight touchdowns as junior ... averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior in basketball and earned all-league honors ... ran the second leg on the 1999 state championship 4x100 relay ... has run 10.9 100 meters and 22.8 200 meters ... born Aug. 18, 1982 ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology and computer applications.

G-GS SoloAsst. Tot. TL
2000
DNP
20013-00000-0
200211-01010-0
200310-07291-1
TOTAL24-082101-1

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Jerome Collins
Jerome  Collins

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Warrenville, IL

High School:
Wheaton-Warrenville South

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 258

Position:
Tight End

Birthdate:
08/18/1982

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