Nico Collins' Michigan football career appears to officially be over.
Star receiver Nico Collins was no longer listed on the Wolverines' roster Monday morning, with the team's season opener at Minnesota less than one week away.
Collins had yet to comment on his status after signing with an agent during the Big Ten's COVID-19 shutdown, and the program had no comment on his removal from the roster. But his removal seems like a clear indication that Michigan will have move forward without its top offensive player.
Collins recorded 37 catches for 729 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019, establishing himself as Michigan's big-play weapon in the passing game. He announced in January he would return for his senior season instead of declaring early for the NFL draft.
But the Big Ten shutdown changed that.
The senior receiver reportedly signed with high-powered agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to Sports Illustrated', and teammates and coaches have said in that Collins was "unsure" of what he would do. According to offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, Collins practiced with the team this offseason before taking a leave of absence when the Big Ten initially postponed college football in mid-August.
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“We’ve had some conversations," Gattis said Sept. 23. "We’ve had a ton of conversation obviously. I’m very respectful of anyone’s personal decisions and I’m gonna leave that to Nico to be able to make whenever he’s comfortable making an announcement.
"We’ve done nothing but support him 100%, we support him the same way we support all our players here. I think eventually everyone will be hearing from him.”
Without Collins, Michigan's offense will rely on receivers Ronnie Bell, who led the team in receptions and yards in 2019, and Giles Jackson, Mike Sainristil and Cornelius Johnson, among others.
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