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Collier Named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week


By Hutchinson CC Sports Information


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – After throwing for four touchdowns in a conference-championship-clinching victory over Independence, Hutchinson Community College quarterback Samari Collier was named the NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

One day earlier, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore, was named the Jayhawk Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Saturday’s game at Independence was the second time this season that Collier has thrown for four touchdown passes.

Collier threw for career highs of 236 yards on four touchdowns to pace a Blue Dragon offense that racked up 346 total yards.

Collier connected with Oran Singleton for a 66-yard catch and run for a touchdown to opening the scoring with 5:44 to play in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. One play after a Nylen Jones interception, Collier hit Zeriah Beason in stride for a 70-yard touchdown strike for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Leading 17-0 in the second quarter, Collier found Tre Richardson for a 67-yard scoring strike for a 24-0 lead with 2:53 to play in the second quarter. Collier’s fourth touchdown pass was to Beason from 3 yards out with 25 seconds to play in the third quarter for a 33-0 lead.

The Blue Dragon QB also rushed for a team-high 36 yards on seven carries.

Collier is the fifth Blue Dragon to earn NJCAA National Weekly honors.

Twice receiver/return specialist Tre Richardson captured Special Teams honors. Running back Tyrell Reed Jr. was an Offensive Player of the Week and kicker Nestus Burger was a Special Teams Player of the Week.

August 30 – Tre Richardson (Special Teams)
September 6 – Tyrell Reed Jr. (Offense)
September 27 – Tre Richardson (Special Teams)
October 11 – Nestus Burger (Special Teams)
November 8 – Samari Collier (Offense)