Minnesota star WR opts out of 2020 college football season
Arguably the best wide receiver in the B1G has decided he will not play this season.
Early Tuesday morning, Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced that he will opt out of the 2020 college football season and will instead begin working towards a career in the NFL. The news is a huge blow to the Golden Gophers offense, which was expected to be as explosive as it was last season, in large part because of Bateman’s return.
Bateman posted a video on Twitter to make his announcement. He spent two seasons at Minnesota.
Wishing well❤️ pic.twitter.com/fxV1FI7r7o
— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) August 4, 2020
Last year, Bateman finished the year with the second-highest total in receiving yards, behind only teammate Tyler Johnson. Bateman totaled 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns on 60 receptions, helping lead Minnesota to an 11-2 record.
As a freshman in 2018, Bateman hauled in 51 passes for 704 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Bateman is one of the first players from the B1G to announce that he will not play college football this season. He joins Illinois running back Ra’Von Bonner and offensive lineman Jake Cerny in opting out.
Many NFL Draft experts expect the former Minnesota receiver to be a first-round selection in the 2021 draft.