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'05 PA FB/RB Ed "Horse" Collington (West Virginia signee)





Running back
Pittsburgh (PA)
Penn Hills- same school as Morelli last year and WR David Harvey this year
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds @PSU Nike
Bench reps: 18 of 185 pounds @ PSU Nike
Vertical leap: 39 inches @ PSU Nike

In 2003, Collington rushed for 959 yards on 106 carries and 11 touchdowns despite missing 3 games due to a separated shoulder. He earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

2.5/No SAT

This season he rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in his season opener last weekend and rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns in two-plus quarters this weekend and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 57, 5 and 80 yards.



SCHOOL: Penn Hills

WHO IS HE: A 6-foot, 205-pound senior running back who started the season in a big way.

LAST WEEK: Penn Hills' season opener against North Allegheny was stopped early in the third quarter because of lightning. But Collington still ran for 197 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 28-7 win.

IMPACT PLAYER: Collington has been on Penn Hills' varsity since his sophomore year and has become a bigger part of the offense each season. As a sophomore, he rushed for 316 yards on 62 attempts while fellow sophomore Ken Lewis had 895 on 134 attempts. Last year, Collington led Penn Hills with 959 yards on 109 carries and Lewis had 884 on 158.

Lewis has not practiced this season because of a hamstring injury, so Collington is the featured back.

"There haven't been too many years when we haven't had a great running back here," Penn Hills coach Neil Gordon said. "I think [Collington] is a great high school running back. The thing he has that the others didn't have is size. He's a big kid. A number of other ones we've had in the past were 5-7 or 5-8."

SHOULDERING THE LOAD: Collington missed some of preseason practice with a dislocated left shoulder. He missed two games last year with the same injury.

Collington needs surgery on the shoulder. But, if he has surgery now, he will miss the rest of the season. He has decided to play and postpone the surgery.

"I wear a brace on it," Collington said. "I know I'm taking a big risk. I'm just praying it doesn't come out."

ON THE MOVE: Collington attended Steel Valley High School as a freshman, but transferred to Penn Hills as a sophomore, when he and his mother, Jessie, moved into the Penn Hills district.

A MAN CALLED HORSE: Collington's teammates call him "Horse."

"They say they have the speed and power of a horse," Collington said.

Gordon said, "I'm hoping to ride this 'Horse' this year."

THE FUTURE: Collington has a scholarship offer from Akron, but is hoping more colleges become interested.

"I think he's a Division I college tailback," Gordon said.

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The 6-foot, 205-pound Collington, who is attracting interest from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Akron and Penn State

Collington shoulders big load
By Kevin Gorman
Sunday, September 12, 2004

It is common practice for college football programs to ask borderline Division-I prospects to send tapes from their first three games for evaluation.
Ed Collington will be happy to oblige.

The Penn Hills tailback has exceeded his own expectations by rushing for 699 yards and 11 touchdowns on 61 carries and has emerged as a bona fide major-college running back prospect.

"You have to think that way your senior year," Collington said. "You have to think big. I wanted to go out and play big. I just didn't think it would be this big."

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior is averaging 11.5 yards per carry and 233 yards per game this season. And he has yet to play in the fourth quarter. At this pace, he'll break his junior season total of 959 yards by Week 5 and his two-year total of 1,275 yards by Week 7.

"It never happened before, so it's a new thing for me," Collington said. "It feels good to be averaging 200 yards a game. I needed to do something big to catch the eye of a good school."

Not bad for someone who is playing with a separated left shoulder and has to wear a special brace for protection. It threatened to halt his aspirations of a breakthrough season before doctors told Collington he could have surgery now or wait until December.

"They said if I had surgery I wouldn't be able to play the rest of the season, so I just took a chance," Collington said. "It doesn't hurt at all. I feel no pain at all."

Opponents only wish they could say the same. With Collington shouldering the load, they can only brace themselves.

Collington opened the season with 197 yards and three touchdowns in a lightning-shortened win at North Allegheny. He followed with 257 yards and four touchdowns against Plum, and added 245 yards and four touchdowns Friday against Connellsville.

Last season, Collington showed glimpses of this potential. He rushed for 179 yards against Woodland Hills in the season finale and 189 yards against Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Collington isn't afraid to use his sculpted physique and 4.5-second 40 speed to his advantage. He's known for lowering his shoulder and running over opponents, but he also has displayed a burst of explosiveness. He has six scoring runs inside the 10 and eight inside the 30, but he also has broken off 57-, 58- and 80-yarders.

"I'm a power back with good vision, quick feet and I can catch," Collington said. "I see myself as an all-purpose back."

Collington has a scholarship offer from Akron and is receiving interest from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan and others. He made an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday, and is hoping his fast start makes an immediate impression.
"That's just making it better for me," Collington said. "If they see I'm this good, they'll see I can make improvements and be even better."

Just give him three more games.
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Ed Collington rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and Penn Hills, No. 2 in the Tribune-Review Coaches Poll, rolled past host Hempfield Area 48-13 in a Quad East contest Saturday.

Collington, who has rushed for 809 yards in four games, had touchdown runs of 1 and 51 yards. He is second in the WPIAL with 13 touchdowns.

Collington maybe working his way into some big time offers. He has some impressive numbers in a tough league.
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Who: Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 8 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh).

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET.

Why it's important: Two of Western Pennsylvania's top running backs, Eugene Jarvis of Central Catholic and Ed Collington of Penn Hills, will be showcased in a key WPIAL Quad East game. "Collington's a big, physical kid that if he gets to the edge, he'll break it," Central Catholic (4-0) coach Art Walker says. Collington has rushed for 809 yards and 13 touchdowns in four games. Though Penn Hills is 4-0, coach Neil Gordon says, "We haven't played four quarters of tough football yet. Three games were won by mercy rule, and one was stopped in the third quarter by lightning." Injuries have claimed six starters for Penn Hills, including RB Ken Lewis (hamstring). Additionally, the offensive line is nicked up but features guard J.R. Robinson (6-1, 285), a four-year starter. CC, the defending WPIAL Class 4A champion, has Jarvis (5-6, 165 pounds), who averages 10.1 yards a carry with 14 TDs. To defuse Penn Hills' ground game, DEs Graham Rihn and John Pelusi will guard the edge. CC has already played big games against quality opponents St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) and Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.). "Those games are a good thing, especially if we make another run in the playoffs," Walker says.

Inside the huddle: QB Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams), TE Jeff Dugan (Minnesota Vikings) and LB Justin Kurpeikis (New England Patriots) played for Central Catholic, and so did former NFL great Dan Marino. ... Ron Graham (Penn State), a first-team All-USA TODAY linebacker in 1996, played for Penn Hills, as did former all-pro lineman Bill Fralic (Atlanta Falcons).

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"The Horse" had another good game last night


Collington did a lot for Penn Hills, rushing for 238 yards on 22 carries to lift his season total to 1,049. Central Catholic had no answer for the 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior.

"He's a big, strong, fast back," Walker said. "By far, he's the best we've faced with size and speed. We've faced speed with [Gateway's] Justin King. But Collington is a punishing kid with size and speed."

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Buckskin86 said:
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The Buckeye's are Collington's favorite right now.
Great, great, great news. If we aren't going to offer Stewart, I say give this kid one. I know his speed isn't spectacular, but he's a big boy, and he plays tough competition and is a great runner. That's about what Kevin Jones ran at the NFL combine, and I would have killed to have him. Collington looks like a tough runner, and I like him quite a bit. I'd be hooting and hollering for a horse. :biggrin:
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Another big night for The Horse

Penn Hills pounded the ball with WPIAL rushing leader Ed Collington, who ran for 196 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries

"We came off an emotional loss," said Collington, who now has 1,238 yards rushing. "We had to bounce back."


Penn Hills senior Ed Collington, the leading rusher in the WPIAL heading into last night, accumulated 196 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 90-yard run. He rushed for 186 yards in the first half, netting 124 on Penn Hills' first two drives.

"We knew they couldn't stop us on the run," Collington said. "It was part of the game plan to take it to the ground early."
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The "Horse" on his visit to the Shoe-Saturday

Ed is still saying tOSU is his no. 1 choice and has already been to a few games this season. He says he is working on his grades so tOSU becomes more interested (certainly his numbers in a tough conference should justify interest). He has yet to take his ACT or SAT.

Just like J. Stew, Collington's recruiting fate is in "God's Hands"
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