Alabama safety Landon Collins named SEC Defensive player of the week, Thorpe Award semifinalist
Oct 28, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM -- It didn't take long for Alabama safety Landon Collins to get some conference and national recognition.
In just his first full game at strong safety in place of Vinnie Sunseri, Collins was named SEC Defensive player of the week after returning his first career interception 89 yards for a touchdown. He also had six tackles in the Crimson Tide's 45-10 victory over Tennessee.
"Landon’s always been a fantastic special teams player," Tide coach Nick Saban said on Monday. "His role has just increased with us ever since he’s been here now that he really feels confident in playing the safety position as well as money when we’re in nickel and dime."
Collins was also named one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive back. Former Tide cornerback Dee Milliner was one of three finalists last season.
Collins is second on the team with 34 tackles. He also has a forced fumble and five pass breakups to go along with his interception.
"He’s made a lot of good plays for us, he’s a very explosive player," Saban said. "He’s confident right now in knowing what to do and what’s expected of him which I think is the biggest thing that’s contributed to him being able to play so well for us."
With Sunseri done for the year with a knee injury, Collins is expected to start at strong safety for the remainder of the season.