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Clemson sophomore receiver Dacari Collins has left team

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Clemson wide receiver Dacari Collins (3) during the Tigers' preseason practice in 2021. Dawson Powers/Special to The Post and Courier

CLEMSON — Clemson sophomore receiver Dacari Collins has left the team, the school confirmed Sept. 20.

Collins started three games for the Tigers last year as a true freshman because of injuries to the receiving corps, collecting 16 catches for 221 yards in nine games overall.

But the Atlanta native appeared in three games to open the 2022 season with just one catch for eight yards.

Collins is the second player to leave Clemson midseason. Linebacker Sergio Allen left the team prior to the Louisiana Tech game. Fall athletes can't officially enter the transfer portal during the season because of new "windows" instituted by the NCAA in August.

But Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he anticipates players will still leave programs early to prevent losing a year of eligibility. If a football player appears in four or fewer games, and they haven't used a redshirt year, they are eligible for another year.

"It's just kind of where we are in college football, you know? Especially, they put the four-game rule in to be a positive, you know, to be able to play kids, and then it's kind of turned into — I mean, you'll see other guys leave, either here or elsewhere between now and these first four games," Swinney said of Allen's exit. "That's just kind of the nature of college football these days."

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Jon Blau has covered Clemson athletics for The Post and Courier since 2021. A native of South Jersey, he grew up on Rocky marathons and hoagies. To get the latest Clemson sports news, straight to your inbox, subscribe to his newsletter, The Tiger Take.