Big news in Beaver Nation today! Worried about who would emerge as the Beavers’ big playmaker on offense this season? Never fear, a familiar face is back and is a prime candidate to fill that role.
Monday afternoon, Coach Andersen announced that Seth Collins is returning to the Beavers — strictly as a WR (for now…)! And guess what? I love this reunion. There’s no denying that Collins is one of the best athletes OSU has seen — he’s a threat every time he touches the ball.
And while I was never sold on him as a QB, I thought he could become a Slash (Kordell Stewart)-type for the Beavers. He showed off his ability to thrive in such a role in last year’s Civil War, scoring three touchdowns, and nearly making a highlight-reel catch for a TD as well.
But apparently, he was set on playing QB and shortly after the season ended, announced he was transferring to Northern Illinois, even going as far to sign a non-binding financial aid agreement with NIU. Life has a funny way of working out, though.
Collins, who was seen at several OSU practices this spring, had a change of heart, and Andersen and Co. were willing to take him back. Good on both sides to handle their decisions well. I sincerely hope Collins can put the ups and downs of last season behind him and move forward.
Because if he can truly embrace playing WR, the sky’s the limit for him. He’s got the athleticism, speed, and size to be a really good receiver. The biggest challenge for him will be getting routes down and developing his blocking skills. Remember, Collins is just a sophomore. He’s got plenty of time to hone his skills. And for him, staying with OSU in a Power-5 conference is the best move. If he can excel, I think he has a shot at the next level.
In the meantime, Collins provides OSU with a much-needed and proven playmaker. We know he can throw the deep ball, we know he can run very well, and we know he has the skill set to be a good receiver. So it’s exciting to think about Collins in a Slash-type roll for an entire season.
It’s too early to pencil Collins in as a starter since he’ll be playing catch up. But I bet he will push for playing time, and from all accounts, it sounds like OSU’s WR corps could use some healthy competition.
As someone who was critical of Collins last season, I humbly eat some crow and confess that I am excited to have him back as WR. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that Collins could be the difference between a few wins. And if you’ve read my doom and gloom posts, you know that’s saying something… So, welcome back Seth!
Go Beavs! (RW)