What would Michigan’s receiving corps look like this season without Nico Collins?

Wolverines counting on unproven wide receivers behind Ronnie Bell

Giles Jackson #15 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down as David Dowell #6 of the Michigan State Spartans attempts to make the stop during the first quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Giles Jackson #15 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down as David Dowell #6 of the Michigan State Spartans attempts to make the stop during the first quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) (2019 Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With Michigan football about a month away, the hottest topic in Ann Arbor is new starting quarterback Joe Milton.

There’s good reason for that. Michigan fans have been desperate to find an elite quarterback for years, and it is the most important position on the field, after all.

But that’s not the only position that will look much different when the Wolverines travel to Minnesota to kick off the 2020 season.

Wide receiver attrition

It looks like the Wolverines will be without three of their top four wide receivers from a year ago. Donovan Peoples-Jones was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Tarik Black transferred to Texas and Nico Collins has reportedly signed with an agent to prepare for the NFL.

That trio, which highlighted the team’s top-five 2017 recruiting class, combined for 96 catches, 1,490 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

So what would the receiving corps look like if Collins isn’t in the picture?

The most glaring issue is size. Collins is listed at 6-foot-4, Black at 6-foot-3 and Peoples-Jones at 6-foot-2. Michigan doesn’t have the big bodies at reciever to make up for those losses.


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