Social media reacts to Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman's decision to opt out of CFB season
Big news came out of Minnesota on Tuesday morning, as Gophers star wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced that he will opt out of the 2020 college football season. Instead, he will begin pursuing his career at the NFL level.
Bateman is not the first player in the B1G to make that announcement, but he might be the biggest name at this point. He was considered one of the top receivers in the conference, and the country, heading into the 2020 season. He finished his sophomore season in 2019 with 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Minnesota finished 11-2.
The announcement received some major reaction from across the college football landscape. Here is some of the reaction from Bateman’s decision from social media:
Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman announces he's opting out of the 2020 season and intends to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.@MoveTheSticks recently compared him to the Saints' Michael Thomas: https://t.co/CDqLr6Ng2s https://t.co/ZZPTHIqwt9
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) August 4, 2020
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 4, 2020
Rashod Bateman: A thread
This is a first-round receiver if I’ve ever seen one https://t.co/0qUgzJqgPM
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) August 4, 2020
Future early pick at WR Rashod Bateman enters the 2021 NFL Draft, opting out of the 2020 season.
Bateman joins Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley as first-rounders who have already turned their eyes to the NFL https://t.co/HyYGVQpJqd
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) August 4, 2020
The second college star has declared for the NFL. Minnesota's Rashod Bateman is leaving. He'll be one of the draft's top wide receivers.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 4, 2020
Rashod Bateman opts out of the 2020 season as he prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft.
— GopherHole.com (@GopherHole) August 4, 2020
Much respect Rashod. Coming from an Iowa fan, I always enjoyed watching you play. Wishing you well in your future endeavors and good luck in the league.
— Chris (@lee_chris04) August 4, 2020
One heck of a career at Minnesota! Thank you for all of the memories. Best of luck at the next level! #RTB
— Kenny Devine (@KennyDevine92) August 4, 2020
MINNESOTA will always be ho〽️e for you Rashod…best of luck and we’ll be cheering for you whatever team is lucky enough to draft you! 〽️🚣🏼♂️❤️👍🏼👏
— Ruggers (@RuggersJohn) August 4, 2020
Keep working bro. Big things coming your way. Hope to see you in a nfl jersey real soon.
— Jack Thompson (@tjack1414) August 4, 2020
Crushed as a Gopher fan but extremely happy as a Rashod Bateman fan!! You helped put Minnesota back on the map and us Gopher fans are forever greatful..good luck in your next journey in life!! There is no doubt you are ready for the next step!! A forever fan!! #skiumah
— Eric Hughes (@eric_hughes9) August 4, 2020
Thank you Bateman for giving us so many amazing memories you and others helped get Minnesota back on the map I wish you well and know Minnesota will always be your second home stay safe man good luck and I'm proud of you man💛🐿
— Jaden Lee Barry (@Jaden_barry) August 4, 2020
We will miss you on Saturdays but looking forward to seeing you on Sundays. Thank you for helping us change our best at the U. Ski-u-mah!
— Christopher Anderson (@Cander22skiumah) August 4, 2020
Best of luck,it’s been great watching you these last two years. You’ve helped set the stage for this program to continue on the rise.
— AndyO (@AndyO4242) August 4, 2020