Early Tuesday morning news broker that Gophers star wide receiver Rashod Bateman has made the decision to opt out of the 2020 season and begin preparing for the 2021 NFL draft.
Here is a statement from head Coach P.J. Fleck...
"This morning, Rashod informed the team that he and his family made the decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and focus on training for the 2021 NFL Draft. Rashod played a pivotal role in helping mold the University of Minnesota into an elite Big Ten program. He was a joy to coach and has developed into an NFL caliber player. We could not be more proud of Rashod's historic and All-American career at Minnesota.
My job as a college football coach is to teach, educate and help our players live out their dreams. We will certainly miss him. Our program will always support a teammate who makes a decision that he feels is best for him and his family.
I love Rashod and will always be there for him.
Bateman also released a video himself expressing his feelings and sharing his decision.