Outback Bowl: South Carolina 26, Michigan 19

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1Jan 2018
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Outback Bowl: South Carolina 26, Michigan 19

Take a deep breath. Take a deep breath. It’s hard after that game not to be very frustrated with the state of Michigan football, but I’ll say the same thing I said toward the end of the regular season: This was not going to be a great season from the beginning. Michigan lost almost everyone on defense from 2016, lost a bunch of production on offense, and lost three offensive line starters. They also didn’t get back their starting LT who got injured from last year, got their best WR hurt, and lost their starting four games into the year. If you’re an objective observer, you can probably admit that those are some huge, huge hurdles to overcome.

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21Jun 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #68 Nico Collins

Nico Collins

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Name: Nico Collins
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 210 lbs.
High school: Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Collins was a senior in high school. He caught 60 passes for 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns.
TTB Rating:

The recruitment of Collins was a bit of a strange one. Michigan offered, he visited, and he loved it. He was rumored to be a silent commitment for several months, but then a late surge from Georgia seemed to pull him away. On a visit to Athens, he apparently was told some bad news that they couldn’t take him, and he ended up signing with the Wolverines. He might be the least hyped receiver of Michigan’s four wideouts in the class, and yet he’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 wide receiver, and #136 overall.

Collins is a large receiver, though not quite big enough to warrant rumors about switching to tight end. He’s not amazingly fast or shifty for his size, but he’s a huge target with a wide catching radius. He’s more likely to fend off defensive backs with a stiff-arm than a burst of speed, and that might be a good complement to the other guys on the roster. Recent experience with large receivers makes me think that he won’t be a heavy immediate contributor, but redshirts also seem to be a rarity. I think Collins will play this fall, but Michigan probably won’t rely on him for a ton of production.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver

9Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Rivals)

Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.

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2Feb 2017
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Nico Collins, Wolverine

Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville WR Nico Collins

Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville wide receiver Nico Collins committed to Michigan on Wednesday afternoon. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and LSU, among others.

Collins is 6’5″, 195 lbs. As a junior in 2015, he caught 60 passes for 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns. He followed that up with 43 catches for 865 yards and 9 touchdowns as a senior.

ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #21 WR, #150 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #17 WR, #120 overall
Scout: 4-star, #24 WR, #178 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 92 grade, #29 WR, #200 overall

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