Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Maliek Collins is expected to play a big role on the team’s defense this season, so it’s only fitting that he have an awesome nickname. Fortunately, Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong has a great one picked out already, as was reported by Dan Hoppen of Huskeronline.com.
Tommy Armstrong called Maliek Collins “Baby Suh.” Said he taps centers on the head pre-snap to get in their heads/let them know he’s coming.
— Dan Hoppen (@danhoppen) July 31, 2015
That’s certainly quite the compliment, as Suh has developed a reputation as one of the toughest and most aggressive players in the NFL since being picked second overall out of Nebraska by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft, making four Pro Bowls and posting 239 tackles with 36 sacks, two forced fumbles and even an interception. In the spring, Suh inked a six-year, $114 million ($60 million guaranteed) deal with the Miami Dolphins and while at Nebraska, he had 215 tackles (49.5 for a loss) and 24 sacks with four interceptions, two of which were returned for a touchdown, and three forced fumbles.
Which brings the conversation to Collins, who has 57 tackles (12 for a loss) and 5.5 sacks as he enters his junior season. He’s smaller than Suh at 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, but it appears he already has the former Husker’s killer instinct and that is only going to help his team and his future. If he can continue to improve this season, Collins could very well find himself selected in next year’s NFL Draft.
Nebraska opens the season at home against BYU on September 5.
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