Through high school at Oak Ridge and college at Brigham Young University and on into the NFL Austin Collie has found success on the football field at every level. This preseason the 49ers wide receiver finds himself in the unusual position of trying to make a roster.

“It’s kind of tough” Collie said as the team prepared for its third preseason game Thursday. “I don’t think my injury could have happened at a worse point in my career being a free agent. Now you have to fight to make the team and not only that you’re getting used to playing again. It’s an uphill battle.”

Collie is talking about a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. The injury ended his season with the Colts last year after just three games though the El Dorado Hills native is more known for the brutal hit he took in a game against Philadelphia during the 2010 season. It was his first of three concussions with the Colts.

Indianapolis released Collie after the 2012 season. San Francisco signed him on Aug. 2. Collie says he has passed all neurological tests and the knee is 100 percent healed as well.

The Sacramento Bee once deemed Collie the Sacramento Area Player of the Decade for 2000-2009. He still holds the record for the most career receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at BYU. The seven balls he caught for 123 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Championship his rookie year marks a career best. Now the 27-year old is competing with 10 other receivers for one of five possibly six openings on the 49ers roster.