by Rick Kindhart
Missouri State University senior Chandler Collins (Springfield, Mo.) has been recognized on the STATS FCS All-America Team, the organization announced Thursday.
The standout long snapper was named to the All-America second team and represents one of 16 players in the Missouri Valley Football Conference to make the exclusive list.
Collins’ presence on special teams often went overlooked, but his consistent and laser-sharp long snaps made him a four-year starter for the Bears and one of the nation’s finest at that position. He posted an exceptional efficiency ratio on punts, extra points and field goals, and recovered a key fumble at Illinois State late in the season.
He was an All-MVFC first-team selection this season after being named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America squad earlier this fall.
The 2019 STATS All-America team boasts 100 players from 66 schools. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley Football conferences gained the most All-America selections with 16 each, while the CAA was third with 12.
Missouri State is one of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference programs to land a player on the prestigious STATS FCS All-America Team.