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April 27, 2008

Collins selected in fourth by Bengals

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas All-America offensive tackle Anthony Collins, who opted to make himself available for the National Football League draft after his junior season last year, was selected in the fourth round by Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Bengals made the 6-6 left tackle the 112th overall pick and gave Kansas two players drafted in the same year for the first time since 2002. Collins' teammate Aqib Talib was a first-round selection by Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Collins, an Outland Trophy finalist and an All-America First Team selection by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Football Writer's Association of America, SI.com, CBSSportsline.com and Rivals.com last year, became the first KU offensive lineman selected in the draft since Adrian Jones was picked in the fourth round (132nd overall) by the New York Jets.

Collins made 24 career starts in three seasons at KU, starting at right tackle in 2006 and at left tackle as a junior last season.

Anthony Collins

OT, 6-6, 310, 3L
Beaumont, Texas (Central Senior HS)

2007 (Jr.): An Outland Trophy finalist... Earned All-America First Team honors by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Football Writer's Association of America, SI.com, CBSSportsline.com, and Rivals.com... Was an All-Big 12 First Team selection... Was named KU's offensive lineman of the year... Started 11 games this season, missing starts against Toledo (due to a one-series suspension) and Iowa State (due to injury)... Started 24 games in his career, including all 12 last season... Has averaged nearly nine knockdowns per game this season... Switched to left tackle after playing right tackle as a sophomore.

2006 (So.): Started all 12 games of the season at right tackle... An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection by the Associated Press.

2005 (Fr.): Played in eight contests while making one start on the offensive line.

2004 (RS): Redshirted... Worked as a member of the scout team defense before switching to the offensive side of the ball... Picked by the coaching staff as the defensive scout team player of the week for the season-opener against Tulsa.

High School: A graduate of Central Senior HS in Beaumont, Texas... A 4A all-district and all-state performer... Helped Central to a regional championship as a senior... Named to the Super Gold Team in 2003... Coached by David Suggs.

Personal: Born in Beaumont, Texas... Major is African-American studies... Goal is to play in the NFL... Likes to go to Watson's Barbershop... Parents are Rhoda Goodman and Harold Collins... Has two brothers and four sisters.

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