Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman is the second big-name college football player to opt out of the 2020 college football season—Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley opted out on July 29. Bateman, the reigning Big Ten Receiver of the Year, cited concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic in a video released on Tuesday morning in which he thanks his family, teammates, coaches, and peers.
Bateman had had 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors in the process. He had 51 catches for 704 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.
Bateman recently came in at No. 27 on the TDN Top 100 big board.
Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.
PROS: Bateman provides an exciting set of receiving skills—he's got an alpha-mentality while addressing the football in the air and provides a strong contested catch resume for finishing targets that hit his hands. Bateman is fluid and controlled at the top of his routes, showing double moves and hard breaks with competency in order to carry speed throughout his routes.
CONS: Bateman, for all of his plus skills attacking the ball in the air, does not possess the ideal size to act as a pure possession receiver and doesn't necessarily showcase dominant strength at the line of scrimmage or at the top of his routes. He's savvy and smooth, but his explosiveness feels most effective in straight line situations—re-routing him early on can challenge his ability to stay on schedule.