Update on Michigan WR Nico Collins entering Week 1
There had been some optimism that wide receiver Nico Collins would still suit up for Michigan during the 2020 season, but that no longer appears to be the case.
On Monday, Collins’ name was no longer listed on the roster as Michigan prepares to open the 2020 season against Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 24. The receiver had reportedly signed with an agent when it appeared the B1G was not going to play this fall, but his name returned to the roster during fall camp.
Now, it appears that Collins’ career with the maize and blue has come to a close. It’s a significant loss for the Wolverines, which will have a relatively inexperienced wide receiver room entering the year.
Collins was the team’s second-leading receiver during the 2019 campaign, totaling 729 yards on 37 receptions during Michigan’s 9-4 year. He did lead the team in touchdown catches, totaling 7 grabs for scores.
In his career in Ann Arbor, Collins racked up 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns on 78 catches.
Michigan’s offense will now rely heavily upon Ronnie Bell, last year’s leading receiver, as well as Giles Jackson. Incoming freshman A.J. Henning could also work his way onto the field for the Wolverines this fall, as the team looks to add depth at the position.
The season begins on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in a primetime showdown against the Gophers.