No. 2 - Beaux Collins
Collins was something of an enigma for the Tigers. He was good. As a freshman, he seemed like a big deal, but in hindsight, that might have been because of the lack of promise from most of the players around him in 2021.
As a sophomore, he was injured and didn’t live up to the expectations most fans had for him. As a junior, he was solid. He had the second-most yards on the team in 2023 and the highest yards per catch at 13.4.
Despite this, many fans were down on him because they felt he had not lived up to expectations. A lot of fans probably wouldn’t consider his transfer to be a big loss.
Collins’s exit will indeed open opportunities for players on the roster now. Troy Stellato was a very pleasant surprise in 2023 following two seasons on the injured list. Clay Turner will return in 2024. The Tigers have two highly-rated receivers joining this year.
This is a situation where we are comparing the very real production of Collins versus the hope that someone will not just step in to backfill that production, but ultimately be more productive.
Hope is a good thing, but if none of that potential comes through, the Tigers will be missing Collins.
Next: No. 1 - Hunter Helms