Another college football star will not take the college football field during the coronavirus pandemic.
Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. A preseason first team All-Big Ten wide receiver, even without a 2020 season on tape The Draft Network projects Bateman to be a late first round selection in next year’s draft.
In his announcement video, Bateman expressed how badly he wants to play for Minnesota in 2020. Nobody will miss him more than Tanner Morgan. Considered a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate, the Ryle High School product is losing his favorite target after Bateman racked up 1,200 yards in the Golden Gophers’ 2019 season that ended with a victory over Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
Wishing well?? pic.twitter.com/fxV1FI7r7o
— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) August 4, 2020
Bateman’s decision comes two days after Caleb Farley detailed why he decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season. Farley’s primary concern was how the Virginia Tech football facility operated during early workouts.
This year at Virginia Tech, at our workouts, I started having deep concerns about staying healthy. Guys were going home, going to Myrtle Beach, coming back to campus, and we weren’t getting tested. We’re all together, working out, close to each other, and you have no real idea who might have it, if anybody might have it. One day I looked around, and we were like 100-deep in our indoor facility, no masks.
Luckily, similar concerns have not been shared by Kentucky football players. In fact, Josh Paschal said earlier this summer that because of the precautions taken by Kentucky’s staff, he felt more comfortable at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility than at home.