Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Week: Karnell Collier

It’s hard to find consistency on a struggling team. But Shasta College sophomore wide receiver Karnell Collier has been a old reliable this season, especially of late.

Collier went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the third straight game in Saturday’s 44-17 loss to American River College, catching a season-high nine passes for 137 yards and a touchdown to earn the Sierra Pacific Industries College Player of the Week honors.

It’s the second straight week Collier picks up the distinction and third time this season. With fellow sophomore wide receiver Patrick Blake limited with an ankle injury, Collier has had to do most of the damage in the passing game.

The Knights haven’t been piling up the wins like years’ past but Collier has shined, now going over 700 yards receiving on the year.

“He’s just a ferocious competitor but he loves his team and his teammates and he wants to do whatever it takes to be successful for them,” said Craig Thompson, Shasta College’s head coach.

Collier hauled in a 44-yard pass from Hoku-Lani Wickard down the sideline and was rewarded for his effort by later capping the drive with an 8-yard touchdown catch. He also made a diving snag for a 35-yard gain on a Kody Karpinski throw in the fourth quarter.

“Once again he came up big for us,” Thompson said. “I love the young man. He’s the type of kid you want to have in your program every year.”

RB – Cavin Gillispie (Central Point, OR), Shasta, So. – 137 total yards
LB – Hunter Margain (Fountain Valley), Shasta, So. – 12 tackles, 1 forced fumble
DL – Cole Parker (Corning), Shasta, Fr. – 4 tackles, 1 sack

JC Player of the Week sponsored by Sierra Pacific Industries

Week 1 — QB Hokulani Wickard (Lower Lake), Fr.
Week 2 — RB Matthew McCree (Milton, GA), Fr.
Week 3 — WR Patrick Blake (Palo Cedro), So.
Week 4 — WR Karnell Collier (Florida City, FL), So.
Week 5 — Offensive line — Blake Curtis, Isaac Souza, Garrett McAlexander, Dallas Hatter, Michael Johnson
Week 6 — WR Patrick Blake (Palo Cedro), So.
Week 7 — QB Hoku-Lani Wickard (Lower Lake), Fr.
Week 8 — WR Karnell Collier (Floriday City, FL), So.
Week 9 — WR Karnell Collier (Floriday City, FL), So.

About T.J. Holmes

T.J. is a national award-winning journalist who has roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010. He shares his passion for sports and the community with his fiancé Tracy, who works alongside him as a videographer for Shasta County Sports. Story tip:

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