Collie is looking to secure a spot on the 49ers'53-man final roster
A bumpy preseason opener didn't provide many answers for the San Francisco 49ers regarding their muddled situation at wide receiver.
Except for maybe one.
In limited playing time, newcomer Austin Collie appeared healthy and effective while emerging as a veteran who could step up and climb up an uncertain depth chart for a team in search of legitimate candidates to fill front-line roles at the position.
With two preseason games in the books, the San Francisco 49ers are still in the midst of trying to figure out which wide receiver is ready to take the next step and assert themselves into the offense. We all know that WR Anquan Boldin is a rock on one side, but what about the other? And even though receivers such as WR Marlon Moore and WR Chad Hall have been solid during training camp, not one in my opinion, has yet to seize the opportunity and make the most of it. However, there are two wide receivers that got a late start during Niners training camp, and are slowly getting up to speed with the offense.
A player that needs to get more snaps is newly acquired WR Austin Collie. A receiver who showed promise in his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, injuries have since plagued Collie’s career, including multiple concussions and a torn right patella tendon suffered in week three last season. Despite those setbacks, Collie has shown no lingering effect since joining San Francisco, and has played admirably in the limited snaps given. The Forever Faithful are well aware of his potential, and all he needs is the snaps to showcase that he still has it.
Collie was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to American parents Scott and Nicole Collie. Father Scott Collie played football at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1979–1982 and played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1983 pre-season. His older brother, Zac Collie, also played receiver for the BYU Cougars from 2003–2006. Austin served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was recruited by Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, and UNLV before signing with BYU.
Collie starred as a wide receiver at Oak Ridge High School and garnered many awards. He was a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American as well as being voted Northern California's Most Valuable Player. During his senior season he recorded 60 receptions for a total of 978 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2004, Collie became an Eagle Scout.
In December 2009, Collie's hometown newspaper, The Sacramento Bee named him Sacramento Area's Player of the Decade (2000–2009).
Austin married Brooke Pendleton during his college years in 2007; she is the sister to one of Austin's college teammates. The couple have one son, Nash (b. Dec. 2010)
- Austin Collie, Football player
- Austin Kirk Collie is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft. Wikipedia