TU’s Zaven Collins Off To NFL Draft, ‘Moved By’ Tulsa’s Support

Thursday, December 24th 2020, 7:36 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

Fresh off winning the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation's best defensive player, TU's Zaven Collins has now officially declared to NFL draft.

Here is what Zaven had to say on his twitter account:

“I appreciate and am moved by the city of Tulsa for all your support on and off the field.
Thank you Coach Gilliespie for seeing the potential in me and giving me the opportunity to play football at TU.
Thank you to my teammates for all the relationships we have built together.
In support of my family and my dreams, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft and I am turning my focus towards preparation for this dream. I wish all my teammates the best of luck in the Armed Forces Bowl.”

Collins had a solid 2020 season with Tulsa, with 54 total tackles, in addition to four sacks.

If Collins hears his name called in April, he will be the 185th player drafted from Tulsa. He will join former teammates Trevis Gipson and Reggie Robinson the second in the NFL.