Defensive tackle Maliek Collins emerged as a standout player for Nebraska during the 2014 season and is poised for the next step as a junior. A Kansas City product, Collins is a powerful force in the middle of the Blackshirt defense and is primed to contend for conference and national honors in 2015.Collins and fellow junior Vincent Valentine form one of the nation’s top returning defensive tackle duos. The 6-2, 300-pound Collins earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches, while being an honorable-mention pick by the media. He was also named Nebraska’s co-Defensive MVP in a vote of his teammates. Off the field, Collins was an academic All-Big Ten pick in 2014.Collins has great respect from his teammates for his work ethic and quiet leadership. That fact was reinforced when he was named on of six captains for the 2015 season.