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News And Notes: Kudos To Collins, Studebaker

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:Wednesday's practice times: 8:30 a.m. (mock game, closed to fans)

PLAY OF THE DAY…In a display of appreciation following Tuesday's morning practice, the entire team walked the length of the sideline slapping the hand of every fan lined up. Thousands of fans traveled to Lehigh over the past 22 days to support the team throughout hot, cold, rainy and even stormy weather and the players certainly took notice.

CONSISTENT COLLINS…FB Jed Collins has done a solid job on special teams during his first training camp, and he has also recently received praise from offensive coaches. When asked which players have caught his attention, during his press conference Tuesday offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg didn't hesitate to mention Collins. "Jed has done a nice job at the fullback spot," said Mornhinweg. "His consistency is high. He has taken advantage of an opportunity here. It will be interesting to see how he does."

Collins, an undrafted rookie out of Washington State in 2008, finished his senior season with career highs in receptions (52), yards (512), and TDs (3) as a tight end. For his career, he totaled 80 catches for 899 yards and 6 TDs, while scoring twice on the ground. Originally recruited as a linebacker to WSU, he played his first two seasons as a fullback and linebacker before switching to tight end prior to his junior year.

ROOKIE STANDS OUT ON SPECIAL TEAMS…Rookie LB Andy Studebaker was a Division III All-American and the first player from Wheaton College to be drafted in the modern NFL era. Studebaker registered 30 sacks in his 4-year career, including a school-record and NCAA-best 17.5 in his junior season. Now, he is doing everything he can to make the jump to the NFL. In his first preseason game, Studebaker impressed special teams coordinator Rory Segrest with his ability to make plays. "Andy Studebaker did a nice job for us," said Segrest, when asked which rookies stood out. "I felt like he was aggressive, playing downhill, and I feel like he's going to be able to give us some things there."


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