The Washington State Cougars aren’t well represented on Sports Illustrated’s 2014 All Pac-12 NFL Alumni Team, but at least they made it in.
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Former WSU tight end Jed Collins is the lone representative for the Cougs on the team and looking up and down the roster, I can’t complain too much as a Coug. The list was compiled based on the merit of NFL work, not what the player did in college, otherwise someone like Brandon Gibson would had to have been considered for such a list.
By the way if you’ve never heard of Collins catching passes from his old tight end position, it’s because he is an NFL fullback now. In fact he just signed with the Detroit Lions after a long and successful beginning to his career in New Orleans.
Here’s what SI had to say about the conference’s current NFL fullbacks:
"Special inclusion for the fullbacks here since this is a position of strength for the Pac-12. At least five players from this conference currently are penciled in as FB starters for 2014. Reece is by far the most effective all-around player, but Collins has been steady for multiple seasons. Erik Lorig (Stanford), Stanley Havili (USC) and Will Ta’ufo’ou (Cal) also have established themselves as legitimate NFL talents."
Ah, proof that the fullback hasn’t been forgotten by NFL teams (though if this is a special inclusion as stated, the prospect is getting less and less palpable.
There are a few WSU alumi that got left off the list, so if you think another Coug deserved to make it based on his NFL accomplishments, let us know in the comments.