Dante Fowler on facing La’El Collins: “I got tossed around”

AP

Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler and LSU left tackle La’El Collins are both expected to be first-round picks at this months’ draft. But while Fowler is regarded as the better NFL prospect, he admits that it was Collins who played better when they went head-to-head in college.

Fowler told TheMMQB.com that when the two went head-to-head in 2013, it was a mismatch: Collins beat the crap out of him.

That’s a bloodbath right there, me and La’el,” Fowler said. “We are cool with each other; we are good friends. I keep in contact with him. At the end of the day, I feel like that’s going to be my rival for my whole career, because he’s going to make his name for himself and he’s going to be a great offensive tackle. I actually knew who he was coming out of high school. He was a year above me, and I remember he was [one of the top] tackles coming out of high school. From watching his highlight tape, I knew he was nasty. My sophomore year, we went to Baton Rouge and played against LSU, and I’m not going to lie, I got my butt whooped. That was one of my worst games just because of how I got tossed around.”

Fowler said that butt-whooping he took from Collins in 2013 motivated him to work harder than ever in 2014. He said their second meeting was a more even matchup.

“I spent the whole last summer getting ready for La’el, I ain’t going to lie to you,” Fowler said. “I knew I was going to run into some pretty decent tackles, but the main motivation was from him getting after me my sophomore year. I had it marked on my calendar the day after my sophomore game. That whole week leading up to the game, it felt like it was a year. Saturday finally came, and I was a captain, and he was a captain, too. It felt like we were about to do a boxing match. The whole coin toss, when the referees were talking, I was staring him down and he was staring me down. So I already knew what I was getting myself into, and he knew what he was getting himself into. We went at it that game; we went at it like some bulls. I had some wins, and I had some losses. That’s just how it goes when the best of the best are playing against each other.”

Many mock drafts have Fowler going to Jacksonville with the third overall pick. Given how he played when the two went head-to-head, Collins shouldn’t be far behind that.

25 responses to “Dante Fowler on facing La’El Collins: “I got tossed around”

  1. Awesome. Nothing like going againts the best to get better. Best on best. I like that Fowler has a candid attitude and welcomes the challenge.

  2. LSU OL La’El Collins said at the Combine that he recently met with the Browns and they told him “you are our favorite for right tackle.”

    Poor guy.

  3. Me and the wife have debated baby names recently.I like Rocco, she likes Enzo. We might need to toss La’El in there. Hadn’t really considered it until now!!!!!!

  4. Refreshing to see someone talk truthfully.. Im sure his agent spit out his coffee when heard the quote but I think it helps him. You can just tell that he’s someone that is willing to learn.

  5. I really wish ATL would get Collins but with the draft brothers D&Q That’s Dumbmeatrioff and Quinn I would guess with there record Collins does not have enough previous injuries ….defense is nice but when you have a top 10 QB you need to protect against him going down …. Offensive line should be priority

  6. birdman6162 says:
    Apr 4, 2015 6:31 PM
    I really wish ATL would get Collins but with the draft brothers D&Q That’s Dumbmeatrioff and Quinn I would guess with there record Collins does not have enough previous injuries ….defense is nice but when you have a top 10 QB you need to protect against him going down …. Offensive line should be priority

    No

  7. Wouldn’t be something if these two players were selected by Tennessee and Jacksonville?
    Watch the next ten years of battles between them.

  8. He is friends with La’el. I havent seen the game tape, but id say he is probably trying to raise his friends draft stock a little bit($$).

  9. La’El changed the (-) to a (‘) because he wanted to carve his own path and not be constantly compared to his brother Kal-El.

  10. I would bet this guy carves out a pretty good career for himself. Refreshing to hear he got owned and used that as motivation. Respected the guy he went up against and made improvements for next time.

  11. John Wayne’s Brother’s Cousin’s Milk Man says:
    Apr 4, 2015 7:28 PM
    La’El changed the (-) to a (‘) because he wanted to carve his own path and not be constantly compared to his brother Kal-El.

    —————————————————

    That almost cost me a keyboard

  12. A rare show of humility from a young athlete, he just received a ton of respect from football fans around the country !

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