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July 10, 2012

From one field to next, Collins makes it look easy

STILLWATER, Okla. — Morrison’s Kyle Collins has spent the summer manning left field for the Stillwater Legionnaires. In a few weeks, he will be on a different field with a different ball.

“It’s a lot different when you throw a baseball everyday for two weeks then go throw a football,” Collins said. “It’s something you got to transition to. It’s harder than people think. It’s more of a rhythm thing.”

Collins, entering his senior year, will be the starting quarterback this fall at Morrison High School.

The Morrison product went to one camp in early June and has worked out in the summer. Collins said the conditioning was tough and will increase at the end of July.

“We lift four times a week,” Collins said. “At the end of July, we will start running at 6 p.m. We will run sprints and stuff.”

Collins said the camp was for two days and had three sessions.

“We scrimmaged Tonkawa on the second day,” Collins said. “The first day we had three sessions: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.”

Collins has been used to provide a spark at the bottom of the Legionnaires’ lineup. On Monday, he had a couple of hits and scored a run. Throughout the summer, Collins has made several catches in left. The outfielder said playing for the Legionnaires is easier than preparing for football.

“We don’t practice that much,” Collins said. “We just try to come out and play as hard as we can.”

Collins said switching sports isn’t as tough as switching positions.

“It’s hard switching from my previous position at wide receiver,” Collins said. “You have a lot more stuff to focus on.”

Last season, Collins had a big game against Yale last October. Catching a 30-yard touchdown pass and returning an interception 89 yards for a touchdown. Collins said he isn’t bothered by the amount of attention the quarterback receives.

“Attention isn’t the focus for me,” Collins said. “It’s just getting the job done and getting a ‘W’.”

This season as the leader in Morrison’s backfield, Collins looks to help build on last season’s 9-3 campaign that yielded a run to the second round of the playoffs. Morrison was defeated by Wayne, who went on to win the Class A state championship. The incoming quarterback said it will be a challenge with a younger team.

“This year is going to be a rebuilding year for us,” Collins said. “I still think we are going to do pretty good.”

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