Report: Star Michigan WR opting out of 2020 season, pursuing NFL Draft
One of Michigan’s top returning wide receivers will not be part of the Wolverines offense in 2020.
According to reports from 247Sports, Nico Collins has opted out of the 2020 football season and will instead begin training for a career in the NFL. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says the receiver has signed with NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider was the first to report the news, saying “I was told earlier this week that Michigan senior wideout Nico Collins had cleared his locker, and since then have been told by multiple sources that he has decided to opt out of the season in favor of preparing for the NFL Draft.”
Collins was the second-leading receiver for Michigan in 2019, totaling 729 yards on 37 receptions during the Wolverines 9-4 campaign. He led the team in touchdown grabs, hauling in seven.
Collins was entering his senior season at Michigan and proved to be a consistent threat in the offense over the last two seasons. He totaled 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns on 78 catches during his career in Ann Arbor.
The news about Collins wasn’t the only major story from Ann Arbor. Rising junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey is also reportedly opting out of the 2020 season and will explore options in the NCAA transfer portal, according to Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News.
McCaffrey was battling Joe Milton Cade McNamara for the starting job.