Rashod Bateman: Opting out of 2020 season

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

Minnesota WR Rashod Batemen has made a decision to opt-out of the 2020 college season.

Bateman has been a common fixture in first-round mock drafts for 2021 already.

Bateman finished the 2019 season with 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns and was slated to be QB Tanner Morgan's top target in a year that he would've challenged LSU's Ja'marr Chase to be the most coveted wide receiver in the country. The team is starving for wide receiver talent in the long-term, with only fifth-round rookie Quintez Cephus locked up beyond the upcoming season at this point.

Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come, but arguably the Big Ten's best receiver has announced his plans to sit out the 2020 college football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rashod Bateman has revealed he is opting out of the 2020 college season amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement of support.

"My job as a college football coach is to teach, educate and help our players live out their dreams", Fleck wrote. We will certainly miss him.

So far, there haven't been a slew of high-profile players opt-out of the upcoming season, but we have seen similar decisions from Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and IL running back Ra'Von Bonner. He caught seven passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Golden Gophers' 31-26 win.

Big things were expected from Bateman in 2020, especially with Tyler Johnson now in the NFL.

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