A versatile, five-year player who was one of the leaders in the secondary as a senior ... played safety, but also saw time at cornerback ... emerged as a valuable performer on defense as a junior ... played in 26 career games, including 23 of 25 over his final two seasons ... had five career interceptions.
As a Senior (2009): Played in 10 games, including nine starts at strong safety ... started the season opener at California (9/5), but exited the game with a foot injury ... had one tackle for loss vs. the Golden Bears ... also sat out the James Madison (9/12) and MTSU (9/19) games due to the foot injury ... returned to action against Rutgers (9/26), though playing sparingly as a reserve ... returned to a starting role against Clemson (10/3), making his first interception of the season ... recorded four tackles against Wake Forest (10/10) ... made a season-high five stops against Virginia (10/17) ... had three tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Duke (10/24) ... made four stops against NC State (11/7) ... against Virginia Tech (11/14), his sack of QB Tyrod Taylor in the end zone forced a fumble that Jared Harrell recovered for a touchdown ... finished the game with season-high tying five tackles, including a career-best 2.0 TFLs ... matched a season high with five stops against Boston College (11/28)
As a Junior (2008): Played in all 13 games at safety and cornerback ... had two starts at cornerback ... had a team-best four interceptions ... ranked tied for 11th in the ACC and tied for 53rd nationally in interceptions (0.31 pg) ... finished tied for ninth on the team in tackles (37) ... his four interceptions were tied for the most by a Terp since Dominique Foxworth had five in 2002 ... named team's most improved defensive player ... saw significant action at free safety vs. Cal (9/13) with the injury to Terrell Skinner and finished second on the team with a career-high nine tackles, including a career-best six solo stops ... recorded the first two interceptions of his career vs. Eastern Michigan (9/20), with one coming in the end zone to prevent an Eagle's score and the other coming on the defense's last play of the game ... accounted for his third pick in a six-quarter span when he tracked down an overthrown deep pass by Clemson QB Cullen Harper (9/27) ... contributed five tackles (all solo) vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... recorded both his first career fumble recovery and his first career sack against NC State (10/25) ... earned his first career start, intercepting North Carolina QB Cameron Sexton's final pass of the game to seal the win over the Tar Heels (11/15) ... earned his second career start at CB vs. Boston College (11/29).
As a Sophomore (2007): Played in three games on special teams ... saw action vs. FSU (11/17), NC State (11/24) and Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl (12/28) ... served as a backup free safety during the season ... was expected to miss most of the spring while recovering his knee injury, but saw quite a bit of action.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2006): Missed the season with a knee injury.
As a Freshman (2005): Redshirt season.
At Randallstown High School: A three-year starter who transferred from Milford Academy after his freshman season ... posted 31 tackles (27 solo), a sack, one forced fumble and four interceptions his senior year ... also rushed 14 times for 211 yards and caught 38 passes for 422 yards and a touchdown ... notched 56 tackles and six interceptions while catching 28 passes and nine TDs as a junior ... senior honors include honorable mention all-state (Big School), second team All-Met (Baltimore Sun) and first team all-county ... a SuperPrep All-American ... an All-Atlantic region pick by PrepStar ... the 18th-ranked corner in the country and sixth-rated player overall in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com ... was selected as second team All-Met and All-Baltimore City/County by the Baltimore Sun as a junior ... also competed in track four years, specializing in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 300-meter hurdles ... also recruited by Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Virginia Tech ... coached by Albert Howard.
Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1987 ... parents are Gregory and Pamela McCollough ... father played fullback at Bowie State in the 1970s ... a family science major.
McCollough's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2007 3-0 3 1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2008 13-2 29 8 37 1.0-8 1.0-8 0 1 2 4-10 2009 10-9 14 17 31 3.5-4 1.0-1 1 1 0 1-0 Career 26-11 46 26 72 4.5-12 2.0-9 1 2 2 5-10