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.
Mackey Award finalist
• Associated Press All-America third team
• Phil Steele All-America second team
• All-Pac-12 first team
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team
• Associated Press All-Pac-12 first team
• Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
• ESPN.com All-Pac-12 preseason first team
Played in and started all 13 games ... one of three Irish defensive players to start all 13 games (Isaac Rochell and Cole Luke) ... led the Irish in total tackles (112), solo tackles (65) and assisted tackles (47) ... led the Irish with nine tackles for loss ...