Punter Jake Collins will transfer to Northwestern

Redshirt junior punter Jake Collins kneels on the sidelines during WKU’s 20-7 loss to Illinois on Sept. 9.

Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU senior punter Jake Collins is transferring to Northwestern for his final season of eligibility, he confirmed with the College Heights Herald on Thursday. 

Collns played in 13 games in his redshirt junior year. He attempted 57 punts for a total of 2,290 yards, an average of 40.2 yards per punt. He had a longest punt of 62 yards for his career. In his three years of active play, Collins totaled 5,498 punt yards. 

“I feel fortunate to be where I am and thank God, my family, and the Hilltopper fans for your support,” Collins said in a statement on Twitter. “I wish the Tops nothing but success and thank you for the time on the Hill. With that being said, I am excited to announce that I will be transferring and attending Northwestern University to pursue my master’s degree in integrated marketing communications and finish out my last season of college football.”

Collins also gave thanks to his coaches and the faculty and staff at WKU. At the time of publication, Collins had not given his reasoning for transferring from WKU. 

Sports Editor Jeremy Chisenhall can be reached at 270-745-6291 and[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @JSChisenhall.