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Payton McCollum

Assistant Wide Receivers


Payton McCollum has been named Assistant Wide Receivers coach after spending last season as a Defensive Assistant for the Indianapolis Colts. McCollum brings nine years of coaching experience, including three in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Colts staff, McCollum served as an Offensive Analyst with Eastern Michigan for the 2022 season. McCollum was part of an offensive staff that helped the Eagles finish the season with the second-most efficient offense in the conference, completing 244 of its 391 pass attempts for a 138.2 efficiency rating. EMU also won its first bowl game since 1987.

McCollum spent two seasons with the University of Washington (2020-21) as the Quarterbacks coach. In 2020, he worked with freshman quarterback Dylan Morris who garnered honorable mention All-Pac-12 by the coaches while leading the Huskies offensive unit to average 3.36 points per drive (10th nationally, first in the Pac-12) and the Pac-12 North Division title.

In 2019, McCollum served as Wide Receivers coach at North Carolina Central University, where five different receivers tallied 20-plus receptions. Prior to North Carolina Central, McCollum spent a season (2018) at the University of North Carolina as an Analyst.

McCollum began his NFL coaching career as an Offensive Coaching Assistant for two seasons (2016-17) with the Detroit Lions. He worked primarily with the wide receivers. In 2016, for the first time in franchise history and only the fifth time in NFL history, the Lions had five players each record 50-plus receptions, as the Lions clinched a playoff berth that season. In 2017 the receiver group was the only one in the NFL to have two 1,000-yard receivers (Marvin Jones Jr. – 1,101 and Golden Tate – 1,003).

Prior to Detroit, McCollum served as an Offensive Quality Control coach at Campbell University in 2015. McCollum got his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Mount Tabor (North Carolina) High School in 2013.