Michigan State RB Elijah Collins details battle with COVID-19: 'It took a toll on me'
The 2020 season was a tough one for Michigan State Elijah Collins. This week, the Spartans running back detailed his tough battle with COVID-19, which began in summer but continued deep into the fall.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Collins said he tested positive for the virus over the summer and was eventually starting to feel better as the season progressed. He admitted, though, that the illness hit him hard.
“It took a toll on me,” Collins said, per Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News. “I was giving everything I had but didn’t have too much to give. …One of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to deal with.”
Like several other programs in the B1G, Michigan State had to shut down practices during the summer and fall because of an increased number of positive cases. Still, the Spartans managed to play seven of the nine contests on the schedule.
Despite the tough battle with COVID-19, Collins competed in all seven games last season. He totaled 90 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards on 45 total touches.
Heading into the 2021 season, Collins is hoping to bounce back with a year similar to what he enjoyed in 2019 now that he’s healthy. He rushed for 988 yards and 5 touchdowns and added 99 receiving yards during his second season with the program.