Collier Named Best Football Player in SW Georgia for 2013

By Jeremy Birmingham on January 12, 2014 at 12:51p
Stephen Collier and his family are all Buckeye

Ohio State quarterback commitment Stephen Collier has been awarded the Albany Herald "People's Choice Player of the Year" Award. Collier becomes the third Lee County Trojan in the last four years to win the honor, but became the first player to win the People's Choice award and the Herald Player of the Year award.

“I came in here as a ninth-grader not being a very good quarterback,” he said. “The coaches here helped me and without them, I’d be nothing. This season wasn’t all my doings, it was all the team’s doing. It’s a Lee County thing.”

The senior helped the Trojans to a 6-0 start before Lee suffered its first setback to Thomas County Central in a game Collier said he’d like to forget. But he helped the Trojans rally back, winning a huge game the following week over Harris County. He then helped the Trojans win their final two regular-season games, claiming the region championship in the final week of the season.

They beat Effingham County in the first week of the playoffs before they lost a thriller in the second week, nearly coming from behind to beat Mundy’s Mill. The Trojans were 25 yards from the potential game-winning touchdown when Collier’s final attempt was incomplete, sending Mundy’s Mill to the quarterfinals.

Collier took the loss especially hard. However, Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio couldn’t have been happier with Collier and his unselfish play.

“Stephen’s done so much for this football team during his time here and he played his heart out,” Fabrizio said after the game. “I am very proud of him and the effort he gave, as well as the whole team and everything they’ve accomplished this year.”

It took Collier a few days to move on from the game. But looking back, he said he wouldn’t change anything.

“The season was different than I expected,” he said. “I wanted to accomplish a lot of great things. Sure, I would have like to have gone to the state championship game, but no, I wouldn’t change anything. It was fun.”

Collier, who finished his senior season with 3312 total yards and 44 touchdowns, has already enrolled at Ohio State and is working towards participating in spring football in Columbus.





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PittBuckeye's picture

Went from being a guy nobody was sure why Urban was offering to someone a bunch of people can't wait to see play. Seems like he has a good head on his shoulders.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Finding this type of quality student athlete is becoming the trademark of the Buckeye coaching staff. Congratulations to Stephen on a fantastic season and being recognized for it.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

osubuck57's picture

Congratulations to Stephen!! Class act young man we are getting!!


ScarletNGrey01's picture

Appears to be a special young man.  Glad he is part of Buckeye Nation.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Go1Bucks's picture

gonna be a great spring competition for QB

Go Bucks!

Deadly Nuts's picture

Backup QB.


Findog5's picture

On top of being a darn good football player, he seems to be a great kid. Real leader. Can't wait to have him and his family part of the Buckeye program. 

Raleigh Buckeye

flabucknut1's picture

I think that there should be more Kudos for both Collier and OSU on the the effort do do some serious digging for those players that do not carry these Bullshit 5 star and 4 star can't miss pain in the asses that cause more problems than the problems they solve. Just think about the CANT miss players that we have taken with the PRIMA Donna attitude and we came up empty. I am very happy to have this fine young man because he has class and not a case of the Ass!!!! Our recruiter will bring us some fine players and all of the naysayers will say " I loved that guy the second that they got him". I saw it with the Little Animal and many more. There are probably less than 25 percent of our reader with any SERIOUS coaching abilities and the job has been posted. If you can handle the heat, The Kitchen is open for business...... 

Jim Rhoads

cdub4's picture

For every 5 star pain in the ass, I can name you 2-3 3 star pain in the ass players. Anyways, Congrats to Collier.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Congratulations to Stephen! I'm really looking forward to seeing him and his family in Columbus.

BoFuquel's picture

Congrats. Stephen, GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Mella's picture

@Deadly Nuts...backup QB my ass checkout his senior highlight tape.  This kid can throw the football and his throwing motion is effortless.

-1 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's not beating out Braxton. Meaning he's fighting for the backup spot.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Brutenley69's picture

Congrats. Stephen!!!!!
GO BUCKS!!!!!!

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BSTP DeCon's picture

Really happy to have this kid suiting up in the S&G. Seems like a class act.

gobucks96's picture

Great kid with a heck of a head on his shoulders. I think he's in the best position he could have wanted. Lots of potential and a high pick ahead of him to take the pressure of the limelight until he has a his chance. Good luck to him.

Frankly Scarlet's picture

He had better get ready, because he will likely see some PT.

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  

UFest57's picture

Started from the bottom, now he's here?

German Buckeye's picture

Not overly concerned about about 3-4-5 star ratings, give me FOOTBALL players who have a good head on their shoulders and are coachable.  That's what wins championships. 

EDUGOON's picture

This Kid is a Sleeper!!! I'm telling you, He has polish and will work his tail off for Urban. In looking at his film you can see he has well above average running ability and a quality arm. Oh and his his 6'4 215!!! I have big time expectations for this kid.

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

OSU1995's picture

He seems like such a good kid! I wish him success in all of his endeavors!

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 

     - James Patrick Tressel