PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Damir Collins, a junior at Jefferson High School, already has a handful of scholarship offers for football.
Collins, who is a running back, is coming off a successful sophomore year where he ran for 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns. Despite an impressive individual season, the Jefferson Democrats finished with a 2-7 overall record. Collins wants to turn things around and leave a mark on Democrats football history.
“We have had Heisman trophy winners like Terry Baker and we are trying to bring that back. When we leave, I leave, I want the next generation to remember not just my name, but all of our names,” he told KOIN 6 News.
Collins is a leader on the field with his incredible play, but he is focusing on being a leader off the field as well.
“I’m trying to keep everyone in the classroom, grades are important,” Collins said. “I’m trying to push the team to get a 3.0 and higher.”
Collin’s coach Don Johnson calls the running back an all-around great leader.
“He is a guy that is sending the group text, make sure everyone shows up on time, gets guys to do the extra work and he’s the guy I have to tell to go home after practice because he will do too much,” Johnson said. “He will leave practice and go run hills, he’s just one of those guys.”