Former Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Nico Collins said that it will be “bittersweet” to watch his now former team take on Minnesota to kick off their season on Saturday, he is remaining focused on getting himself ready for the NFL combine.
“Everything was going smooth, just as planned, until this virus outbreak,” Collins said, during an appearance on”The Adam Schefter Podcast” on Tuesday night (h/t ESPN)
“They canceled the season and that was heartbreaking for me,” he said on the podcast. “They were saying in the spring, Thanksgiving, it was too many unknown questions to be answering. Nobody really had an answer to it.
“I sat down with my family, and I just made a business decision because I felt like I was in no man’s land for a minute, because I came back to play my senior season and they canceled it.”
For now, Collins is 100% focused on his training.
“Getting my mind right and prepared for the combine was the right decision for me,” Collins said, adding that he is excited for his former teammates.
“I want to be out there competing on the football field with my brothers, my teammates, going out and having fun with them. I’ll be rooting for them 100 percent,” Collins said. “I’m excited to see, hopefully they win — they will win. I believe in them. The grind they put in throughout the summer, I know they worked really hard and I know it’s going to pay off Saturday.”
Collins accumulated 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns over his three-year career with the Wolverines.