Dec. 10, 2012
(San Diego, CA) - USD senior kicker Ernie Collins (San Ramon, Calif.) was rewarded for his outstanding season by being named to The Sports Network FCS All-America Third Team for offense. Collins led the Toreros, and the Pioneer Football League, in scoring with 84 points as he converted 16-of-22 field goals and made 36-of-37 PAT kicks. His 16 made field goals is a new USD single season record, while his 51-yard field goal against Western New Mexico tied for second longest in school history.
He had six games where he converted at least two field goals, and had a season-best three makes in the team's home win over Campbell. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week following the team's 24-7 road win at Jacksonville, and was honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions as an amateur star of the month for November. He was 5-of-6 in field goals between 40-49 yards, and four of his misses were from 49 or more yards.
Among all FCS kickers, Collins ranked tied for 4th overall with 1.45 made field goals per game, and tied for 33rd in scoring (7.64 points per contest). In addition to his kicking duties, Collins handled USD's punting duties where he averaged 38.8 yards on 35 punts (USD ranked 16th in the FCS in net punting at 38.06 yards per punt). He had a long of 56 yards (@ Harvard) and saw 13 punts end up inside of the opponent's 20-yard line. He averaged 60.2 yards on 58 kickoffs with 12 touchbacks.
The Toreros finished 8-3 overall and won their final six games of the 2012 campaign to claim a share of the Pioneer Football League title with a 7-1 mark along with Butler and Drake.
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