"I thought we played pretty good, just not quite good enough," he said. "They were just the better team."
The Southern Miss defensive end said that practice has been going well, and stressed that every practice is critical to the team's success.
"We've had pretty good practices. We've just got to step up," Collins said. "We're 0-2, so we've got a lot on our shoulders. We've got to have great practices. We need them."
Collins leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss, and is tied for the team lead in sacks. He hopes to be able to keep that production up throughout the season.
"I'm just doing my job," Collins said.
"I just listen to the coaches, and let everything go straight to my head that he tells me. I've just got to keep doing my job and playing hard."
Collins noted that Western Kentucky has a good offense, and that the Southern Miss defense will have to step up to be able to stop it.
"They do a lot," he added. "They're a good offense, and you can't take anything away from them. We've just got to line up, and play Southern Miss style ball."
The Southern Miss coaching staff has continuously pointed to Collins as a leader on defense, and Collins believes that is a very important role.
"We need [leadership], we've got to have it," Collins said. "In order to have a great team you need leadership. I try to lead the defense as much as I can. It helps bring a little spark."
For the game against Western Kentucky, Collins points to finishing as a major key for the Southern Miss defense.
"We have to finish," Collins said. "We just get mentally weak at the end sometimes, we just need to finish."
Collins is expecting a bounce back from the Golden Eagles against Western Kentucky.
"Just come out victorious," Collins said of his expectations for the game. "That's all that matters. Just come out victorious."