Thurman L. “Bobby” Collins, Jr.

High School Career

Laurel High School (1947-1950)

• Quarterback


College Career

Mississippi State University (1951-1954)

• Quarterback

• 4-year letterman

• Led MSU in punting every year

• Co-captain as senior


College Coaching Career

Mississippi State University (1955)

• Assistant Coach

Colorado State (1956)

• Assistant Coach

Mississippi State University (1957-1960)

• Assistant Coach

George Washington University (1961-1970)

• Assistant Coach

Virginia Tech (1964-1966)

• Defensive Coordinator

University of North Carolina

• Offensive Coordinator (1967-1970)

• Assistant Head Coach (1971-1974)

University of Southern Mississippi (1975-1981)

• Head Coach

Southern Methodist University (1982-1986)

• Head Coach

Overall Coaching Record: 91-44-3


Did You Know?

Collins’ 1983 SMU squad had the unique distinction of playing in 3 bowl games in a single calender year: the Cotton Bowl in January, the Mirage Bowl (Tokyo, Japan) in November, and the Sun Bowl in December.

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