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Michael Collins transferring to Rice

SB Nation logo SB Nation 12/18/2019 Jamie Plunkett
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TCU lost several quarterbacks to transfer in 2019, and now we know where one is landing.

Michael Collins is headed to Rice as a graduate transfer - his third school of his collegiate career - with the hopes of holding down a starting job.

Collins began his collegiate career at Penn, where he was a backup his freshman year. Expected to be the starter as a sophomore, Collins chose to transfer to TCU instead just ahead of the 2017 season. He was pressed into duty during the 2018 campaign, taking over for a banged up Shawn Robinson midway through the second quarter against Oklahoma and immediately throwing two touchdowns.

He suffered several injuries in the 2018 season, eventually having offseason surgery that kept him out of spring practice in 2019. Ultimately that kept him behind Max Duggan and Alex Delton on the depth chart heading into the fall, and by the time he was ready to go, Duggan had established himself as the starter.

Collins saw just a few snaps this season, rushing for a touchdown against Kansas and coming in for an injured Duggan against Oklahoma State, where he himself suffered a season-ending injury.

Now, Collins heads to a Rice program in desperate need of talent at quarterback. With his skill set Collins should be able to elevate the state of the offense, as long as he stays healthy.

Best of luck, Mike.

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