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Minnesota Football: Rashod Bateman opts out of the 2020 season

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The reigning Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year has played his last game in maroon and gold

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Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced that he will be opting out of the 2020 football season to begin preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.

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: