Gophers star Rashod Bateman cites ‘health and safety,’ won’t play in 2020 – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rashod Bateman found a home with the Gophers two years ago, but he has already decided to leave.
The star receiver from Georgia announced in a social media video Tuesday he had opted out of the 2020 football season to train for the 2021 NFL draft.
He told the Gophers of his decision in the morning, citing uncertainty around health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bateman, who would have been a junior for a team coming off an 11-2 season, called this the hardest decision he ha…