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Collins caught six passes for 48 yards in two preseason games for the Lions.
Courtesy: B.C. Lions Media Relations
Former GWU Standout Dobson Collins Earns Starting Spot Heading Into CFL Opener
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: June 28, 2011
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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Former Gardner-Webb receiver Dobson Collins finished a strong preseason with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League, and will start for the club in its Thursday opener against the Montreal Alouettes.


Collins (6-2, 180) was featured in an article by the Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Journal Tuesday.


The Stone Mountain, Ga., native signed with the Lions in April after a free agent tryout in Atlanta and showed polish and speed during camp and the team’s two-game preseason schedule – catching six passes for 48 yards. Collins is expected to start at the short-side wideout position on Thursday.


The speedster, who also was an All-Conference hurdler during his time at Gardner-Webb, signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent following his senior year and he spent time with the 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles practice squads over the past two seasons. Collins earned honorable mention FCS All-America honors as a senior in 2008, hauling in a career-high 76 passes for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns.


Collins is the ninth Gardner-Webb player to sign with a CFL team in school history, and the first since offensive lineman Ryan Smith and safety Mario Williams signed with Montreal in 2004.


Since the program begin senior college play in 1970, 34 Gardner-Webb players have signed to play professional football.



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