Bateman had a spectacular sophomore season at Minnesota, recording 60 receptions for 1,219 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named All-Big Ten First Team and awarded the distinction of the Big Ten’s Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year. Bateman holds the program’s single-season sophomore records for receiving yards (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (11), and the single-season freshman records for receptions (51) and receiving yards (704).
He is expected to be a first round draft pick next year.
Head coach P.J. Fleck also issued a statement regarding Bateman’s decision: