Alex Collins with the Lambeau Leap for 15 Yards

 

Alex Collins with the Lambeau Leap at War Memorial Saturday night got the freshman running back phenom a fat penalty.

It was the kid’s first college touchdown, give him a break. That was the immediate response we got on Twitter after the 15-yard excessive celebration penalty was assessed against Collins, in a dog-fight of a game against FCS-level Samford.

True enough. It was Collins’ first touchdown, but all offseason, his head coach, Bret Bielema, said discipline, no turnovers, no penalties – those are the keys to success. #1-0 and all that.

Immediately after the game in a radio interview with the voice of the Razorbacks, Chuck Barrett, Bielema said he was going to have a talk with “Mr. Collins about his antics.”

In the press conference after the game, Bielema said, Alex Collins wouldn’t do what he did (the Lambeau Leap) again and continue to be a Razorback.

Collins rushed for 172 yards and one touchdown, while Jonathan Williams had 126 yards and one touchdown of his own, as the Razorback duo marked the first time in school history that Arkansas had two 100-yard rushers in the first two games of the season.

It was a day filled with landmarks for Collins, who not only scored his first-career touchdown on a 2-yard run to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter, but also became the first Arkansas freshman to rush for 100 yards in each of the first two games of his career.

Below is audio of Collins discussing his game and the play that got him the penalty.

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  • nchogg

    In the press conference after the game, Bielema said, Alex Collins wouldn’t do what he did (the Lambeau Leap) again and continue to be a Razorback. That’s a little harsh for a first time offender freshman. But I guess Coach B got his point across. He needs to address the other penalties.

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  • Biggie

    Dumb a$$ rule. Let the kids have some fun. He did not taunt the other team. He celebrated with classmates. Maybe the NCAA is afraid he might sign an autograph up there and get slipped a few bucks and they would have to suspend him for 2 quarters.

  • Rzrbknurse

    Amen to both comments! The statement was harsh in my book…I mean, really, kick him off the team if he does it again?
    And, have we not all seen the past few weeks that the NCAA is truly messed up!

  • Drew F.

    Bielema had a reputation for this at Wisconsin, most notably nearly kicking Montee Ball off the team last year when he was involved in that bar fight. He only relented after he was satisfied that Ball had been jumped and done nothing to instigate the fight. It’s all part of the package.

    Bielema let everyone (players and fans included) know that stupid penalties like that (it’s not a new rule, by the way) in a close game are unacceptable, and gave it an element of public accountability. Collins won’t do it again, so it’s a non-issue. Don’t make more of it than is actually there.