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26 Days ‘Til Alabama Football Kickoff 2016: Landon Collins

Honoring #26.

Here comes the BOOOOOM!
Here comes the BOOOOOM!
Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

[ED. NOTE: Forgot to post this yesterday but you can never get enough Landon Collins amiright?]

After the 1996 season, Alabama safety Kevin Jackson was named All-American. He would be the last defensive back to receive that honor for twelve years. Then a guy named Saban came to town and changed the Tide secondary culture forever.

In 2008, former walk-on and current Arizona Cardinal Rashad Johnson made AFCA and All-American lists. Thus set off a string of outstanding defensive backs at the Capstone. Two years later, Mark Barron would make the FWAA list followed by a consensus selection the following year. Dre Kirkpatrick also got some love in 2011, followed by Dee Milliner as a consensus selection the next season. Next it was Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in 2013. So who would be next?

Landon Collins made a a big splash into the college football world with his live commitment to the Crimson Tide over LSU on national TV during the 2012 Under-Armour All-American game. This came despite his mother's blatant objections.

The New Orleans native would make an instant impact in Tuscaloosa making big hits on special teams play as a true freshman, tying for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles to go with a blocked punt.

He became a full-time starter in his sophomore season after Vinnie Sunseri suffered a season ending injury. Collins finished the year with 70 tackles and two interceptions.

As a junior he would lead the team with 98 tackles and three interceptions. Collins had a knack for coming up with big plays when his team needed it. Against Arkansas, he had a late interception to help secure a 14-13 win for the Crimson Tide. Against top-ranked Mississippi State, Collins again came up big with a pick of with 5:01 left that basically ended MSU's championship hopes as well as Dak Prescott's hope for the Heisman Trophy.

Collins was named a unanimous All-American for his junior season.

In 2015, the New York Giants traded up to steal Collins in the second round, number 33 overall.

As a 21 year old rookie, he started all 16 games at free safety, leading the team in tackles (84 solo, 28 assists) and recorded an interception of Sam Bradford. He also had a 9 passes defended.

The PFWA (Pro Football Writers Assn) named him to the All-Rookie Team for 2015.