CLEMSON – Wide receiver Dacari Collins had diminished playing time and apparently diminished patience as well.
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney in his Wednesday news conference addressed the sophomore’s exit from the team this week and his decision to enter the transfer portal. Collins, who was a key player down the stretch last season and made three starts, had only 12 snaps last week in the 48-20 win against Louisiana Tech.
Fifth-ranked Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC) plays Saturday (noon, ABC) at No. 16 Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0).
“Guys aren’t patient much anymore,” Swinney said. “That’s the world we live in.”
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Collins is the second Clemson player to leave this month. Third-year sophomore linebacker Sergio Allen went into the portal after getting just five snaps in the Tigers’ first two games.
Collins, a 6-foot-4, four-star recruit from Atlanta, played 63 snaps this season with one catch for eight yards. Last season, he had 16 catches for 221 yards, including six-catch games against UConn and in the Cheez-It Bowl victory against Iowa State. He made his first career start against Wake Forest.
“Great kid. Really talented player,” Swinney said. “Has a bright future. Just got to continue to mature and grow and really commit to being the best he can be. He can do it for sure. … I wish him well.”
Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.