L. J. Collier
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Collier in 2020
No. 91 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1995-09-12) September 12, 1995 (age 26)
Munday, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:291 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school:Munday (TX)
College:TCU (2014–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status:Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Tackles:33
Sacks:3.0
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Lawrence Collier Jr. (born September 12, 1995) is an American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at TCU, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Collier grew up in his father's hometown of Munday, Texas. He attended Munday High School, where he helped lead the Moguls to a state championship as a junior in 2012.[1] He recorded six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a touchdown on an interception return to earn Defensive MVP honors for the game.[2]

On February 5, 2014, he signed a letter of intent to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas on a football scholarship.[3]

College career

Collier redshirted during his first season at TCU, but became a starter for the Horned Frogs as a redshirt freshman in 2015 despite appearing in just one game. He played in all 13 games for the Horned Frogs as sophomore, recording 4.5 sacks and blocking a field goal against Georgia in the 2016 Liberty Bowl.[4] He recorded 4.5 sacks again as a junior, including one in a crucial late-game situation in the Frogs' comeback win over Stanford in the 2017 Alamo Bowl.[5]

As a senior in 2018, Collier finally got the opportunity to become a starter for the Horned Frogs. He responded by tallying 6.0 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4 pass break-ups to earn First Team All-Big 12 honors[6] and closed out his collegiate career with a sack in TCU's Cheez-It Bowl victory over California.[7]

Following his senior season, Collier graduated from TCU and was invited to participate in the 2019 Senior Bowl,[8] in which he recorded a sack and a forced fumble.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
283 lb
(128 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.91 s 4.78 s 7.71 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10]
Collier with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020
Collier with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020

2019

Collier was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round (29th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[11] The Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in order to obtain the selection used to select Collier. [12] After suffering multiple injuries, he finished the season with 3 tackles.

2020

Collier started the 2020 campaign as the starting defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks after the departure of Jadeveon Clowney. He had the biggest play of his early career when he stopped New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on the 1-yard line to secure a Week 2 35–30 victory on Sunday Night Football. In Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, Collier recorded his first career sack on Kirk Cousins during the 27–26 win.[13] In Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, Collier recorded his second career sack, taking down Kyler Murray during a 28-21 win.[14]

2022

The Seahawks declined the fifth-year option on Collier's rookie contract making him a free agent after the 2022 season.[15] Collier was placed on injured reserve to start the season.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Munday High School Wins Football State Championship". Texoma's Home Page. December 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Munday's Collier dominates defensively". ETSN.com. December 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "L.J. Collier". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "TCU Falls to Georgia in Liberty Bowl". GoFrogs.com. December 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "TCU Comes Back to Win Valero Alamo Bowl". GoFrogs.com. December 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "2018 All-Big 12 Football Honors Announced". November 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Frogs Overtime Winners in Cheez-It Bowl". GoFrogs.com. December 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Banogu and Collier Headed to Reese's Senior Bowl". GoFrogs.com. January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "6 Prospects Who Won the Senior Bowl". The Big Lead. January 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lawrence Collier Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Straka, Dean (April 25, 2019). "Ex-TCU DE L.J. Collier selected by Seattle Seahawks with 29th overall pick in NFL draft". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Corbin (January 17, 2020). "Analysis: Grading Seahawks 2019 Rookie Class". Sports Illustrated.
  13. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - October 11th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  14. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks - November 19th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Condotta, Bob (May 1, 2022). "Seahawks reportedly decline fifth-year option on L.J. Collier's contract for 2023 season". seattletimes.com. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  16. ^ Coyle, John (August 31, 2022). "Seahawks Sign CB Justin Coleman, Place DE L.J. Collier On Injured Reserve". Retrieved September 1, 2022.