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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mark Collins Jr., DB, University of South Dakota

Mark Collins Jr. the feisty defensive back from University of South Dakota recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Mark Collins Jr.
  • Position: DB
  • College: University of South Dakota
  • Height: 5′ 11″
  • Weight: 190 lbs 
  • Twitter: @MarkCollins_25

1.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

-Beating Youngstown State on Dakota days in 2017 -Earning defensive MVP from Kansas State game in 2018 – Getting an interception in my first collegiate game (Drake 2017)

2.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?

Bill Snyder Family Stadium

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

Along with playing fast and playing hard, my mindset is that I’m trying to eliminate whoever I lineup against. No caught passes mentality.

4.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

To have a long, healthy and successful career and provide for my family.But first, I just want an opportunity!

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5.What is your favorite workout?

Power cleans

6.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

“The come up” because I strive to be better in all aspects of my life and never feel like I have fully “arrived.”

7.What do you do for fun?

Watch The Office, Bernie Mac show and football highlights on YouTube. Sometimes go fishing as well.

8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Having a love for the game since a kid and seeing how successful my dad was during his time playing.

9.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

Moving around a lot as a kid and having a positive mindset even through the hard times.

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A versatile player who is coachable, a quick learner and will do the right things on and off the field.

11.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Richard Sherman, so I could pick his brain and learn how he approaches certain situations and games as a cornerback.

12.How has your experience as a South Dakota University Coyotes player been?

It’s been good overall! Obviously there are ups and downs but as a whole my time here has been full of opportunity and success.

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