Nate McCollum sidelined for Tar Heels season opener

More bad news for the North Carolina Tar Heels, as they will be without Junior Wide Receiver Nate McCollum to open its season.

Before kick-off, the transfer wideout was not seen with the skill players for warm-up, leaving room to believe he would not be lacing up. That belief is confirmation, as UNC is now down two critical weapons in a primetime game.

The timing could not be any worse as North Carolina looks to maneuver around Tez Walker’s eligibility status and find a suitable game plan for quarterback Drake Maye.

McCollum came in this season as one of UNC’s key skill players, with the Tar Heels looking to replace explosiveness from Josh Downs and Antoine Green.

The good news is that North Carolina does have good depth and experience at the wideout position, with Kobe Paysour and J.J. Jones expected to be the two receivers counted on to make up the loss of Walker and McCollum.

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