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.
Preseason third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness . . . preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . 2014 - - started all 13 games . . . recorded 64 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 22 assists . . . shared team lead with three interceptions for 72 yards and one touchdown . . .