AT TECH: Three-year starter at strong safety who started his final 31 games . . . Moved into the starting lineup midway through the 2000 season . . . Career totals of 192 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 15 pass breakups.
2002: Tech?s fifth-leading tackler with 64 hits, including seven tackles for loss . . . Also haD an interception and five pass breakups . . . Made one of the biggest defensive plays of the season in Tech?s 24-17 victory over 8th-ranked NC State when he stripped the ball from Wolfpack tailback T.A. McLendon in the fourth quarter . . . Made a season-high nine tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in Tech?s win over Brigham Young.
2001: Tech?s fourth-leading tackler with 74 hits, including four tackles for loss . . . Also had two interceptions and nine pass breakups . . . Made eight tackles, two pass breakups and a game-ending interception in Tech?s win over Wake Forest . . . Career-high 15 tackles against Florida State with two tackles for loss . . . Added 12 tackles against Virginia . . . Had an interception and a tackle for loss in Tech?s win over North Carolina . . . Caused two fumbles against Navy and recovered one.
2000: Moved into the starting lineup at strong safety for the final four games . . . Seventh on the team in tackles with 44, along with two tackles for loss and one sack . . . In his first game as a starter, he had a career-best nine tackles in the Jackets? win at Clemson . . . Made a big play in Tech?s win over Georgia when he sacked Bulldog quarterback Cory Phillips and caused a fumble that led to a Tech touchdown . . . Had eight tackles with one tackle for loss against Duke . . . Missed the Wake Forest game with a sprained knee.
1999: Earned playing time as a true freshman at both free safety and cornerback and also played on special teams . . . Played in eight games and made 10 tackles . . . Started the Clemson game at free safety and had three tackles . . . Also saw significant playing time against Maryland with 35 snaps and three tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention all-America by USA Today . . . The Northeast Defensive Player of the Year by SuperPrep, which also tabbed him all-America, the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 8 skilled athlete in the nation . . . As a senior had 70 tackles and five interceptions and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown . . . Also rushed for 1,080 yards and 16 touchdowns . . . Prep all-America by Prep Star . . . Ranked the No. 2 running back in New Jersey by the Tom Lemming Report . . . Named all-state by the Newark Star-Ledger . . . As a junior, he had 39 tackles and four interceptions . . . Also rushed for 638 yards on only 38 carries, a 16.8 average, and four touchdowns, while catching nine passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns . . . Also returned a punt for a score . . . State champion in the 100 meters as a junior . . . Earned three letters in football, one in basketball and four in track . . . Played for coach Tony DeRosa at Egg Harbor Township High.
PERSONAL: Full name is Cory John Collins . . . Parents are Harding and Deborah Rice . . . Born March 20, 1981 . . . Majoring in Management . . . Earned his degree in December, 2003.