#28 Austin Collinsworth
AUSTIN COLLINSWORTH[apos]S CAREER HIGHS
All-purpose yards: 67, at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011
Kick returns: 2, at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011
Kick return yards: 67, at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011 (2 returns)
Long kick return: 41, at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011
Interceptions: 1, vs Rutgers, Dec 28, 2013 ; BYU, Nov 23, 2013 ; at Stanford, Nov 30, 2013
Long interception return: 6, at Stanford, Nov 30, 2013
Tackles: 11, at Stanford, Nov 30, 2013 (2-9)
Tackles for loss: .5, at Stanford, Nov 30, 2013 (0-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, Utah, Nov 13, 2010
SENIOR SEASON (2013): Appeared in 13 games, making 11 starts (all but Michigan on Sept. 7 and Pittsburgh on Nov. 9) … had a career-high 43 tackles and his first three career interceptions … recorded an interception in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers (Dec. 28) … added four tackles against the Scarlet Knights … became the first Irish player with an interception in three consecutive games since Kyle McCarthy had picks in the first three games of the 2009 season … posted his best numbers of the year at No. 8 Stanford (Nov. 30) when he made a career-high 11 tackles, including his first-ever share of a tackle for loss … also recorded his second interception in the game against the Cardinal … made his first career interception against BYU (Nov. 23) in the Irish end zone on a ‘Hail Mary’ pass at the end of the first half … recorded three solo tackles against Navy (Nov. 2) … had six tackles, two off of the team lead, in the win over USC (Oct. 19) … contributed three stops, all solo, to the win over No. 22 Arizona State (Oct. 5) … shared on four tackles against Oklahoma (Sept. 28) … recorded three tackles against Michigan State (Sept. 21).
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Missed the entire season following shoulder injury suffered in spring practice.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Participated in all 13 games, seeing action primarily on special teams and as a backup safety … notched 18 tackles on the year … named Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year after leading the Irish with 16 tackles on special teams, including team-best 14 tackles on kickoffs … had career-high four tackles in win vs. Navy … produced career highs in kick returns (two), yards (67) and long (41) in a win at Wake Forest … returned three kicks, including a long of 24 yards against USF (Sept. 3).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Saw action in all 13 games of his rookie season … one of six freshmen to make their debut for the Irish in the home opener against Purdue … recorded seven tackles on the season, tallying solo stops against Michigan State, Stanford, Western Michigan, Utah and Army … six of his seven tackles came on the Irish special teams … his six special teams tackles ranked sixth on the team and his six kickoff return tackles also ranked sixth … forced a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half against Utah that set up an Irish touchdown … recorded a 34-yard kickoff return to open the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) … the 34-yard kickoff return was the first of his career.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: EA Sports second-team All-American as a multi-purpose player … rushed for 1,503 yards and 23 TDs on 172 carries in 2009 as a senior at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky., while playing as running back, wide receiver and defensive back … ran for 229 yards and two TDs on 26 carries in one 2009 game vs. Covington Catholic … won Paul Hornung Award for 2009 from Louisville TD Club as top high school player in Kentucky … earned first-team Kentucky all-state honors in athlete category in 2009 from Louisville Courier-Journal … first-team pick as running back on Cincinnati Enquirer Northern Kentucky Football All-Stars for 2009 … Lexington Herald-Leader named him one of 22 players on its Class of the Commonwealth squad for 2009 … nominated for Brian Williams ‘That[apos]s My Boy’ Award given by local chapter of National Football Foundation to top scholar-athlete in Northern Kentucky … ran for 176 yards (25 carries) and three TDs as Highlands defeated John Hardin 35-7 for final 15-0 mark and third straight Kentucky 5A state title in 2009 … caught 46 passes for 840 yards and five TDs as a junior in 2008 while earning first-team all-state honors as a receiver … also played as defensive back as a junior in [apos]08 … rushed 18 times for 166 yards and one TD in [apos]08, returned three kickoffs and two punts for TDs and also intercepted four passes on defense and returned one for a score … played safety and returned kicks as a sophomore in 2007, intercepting five passes and earning second-team Associated Press all-state honors at defensive back … Highlands lost only one game combined over his final three seasons (2007-09) and ranked third on final USA Today listing of top high school teams for [apos]09 and eighth on ESPN Rise Fab 50 listing … one of four players from Kentucky on Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team … selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but did not play due to injury … also competed in track as sprinter … father Cris Collinsworth, who caught 120 career passes as collegiate wide receiver at Florida, played eight years (1981-88) with NFL Cincinnati Bengals (earning all-pro honors in 1981-82-83 and catching 417 career passes for 6,698 yards and 36 TDs), now an analyst on NBC Sports[apos] Football Night in America (and also does work for the NFL Network) … played for coach Dale Mueller at Highlands … son of Cris and Holly Collinsworth … graduated May 2014 with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business.
Collinsworth[apos]s Career Defensive Statistics
201113-0181260.0-00.0-00000-02012Did Not Play201313-114316270.5-10.0-00003-6TOTALS39-116833350.5-10.0-01003-6
Collinsworth[apos]s Kickoff Return Statistics:
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