Rashod Bateman, the reigning Large Ten Receiver of the 12 months, needs one other likelihood to play for the Gophers after opting out due to coronavirus considerations earlier this 12 months.
Bateman has returned to highschool and is practising with the group, and the Gophers are engaged on a waiver so he can play this season, coach P.J. Fleck stated in a press release Friday.
Bateman, a third-team All-America choice final fall as a sophomore, selected to not play in 2020 again on Aug. 4, citing considerations with the coronavirus pandemic and wanting to organize for the 2021 NFL Draft. He then signed with agent Blake Baratz of IFA. The Large Ten Convention later canceled all fall sports activities.
However now that the convention reversed its choice and can begin a nine-game season Oct. 23-24, Bateman needs again and is enrolled on the College for this fall semester, per on-line information.
“Rashod and I’ve had many optimistic conversations because the Large Ten introduced it was going to compete in soccer this fall,” Fleck’s assertion stated. “Rashod initially opted out due to private well being considerations surrounding COVID-19, however now feels comfy rejoining the group after the Large Ten introduced the security measures it was taking to guard student-athletes, which incorporates day by day antigen testing.
“Rashod is enrolled at school and has been given a waiver to apply with the group, which he did so at the moment.
“The method for him to be granted a waiver to compete this fall is a little more advanced, however our compliance workplace is working carefully with the NCAA and Large Ten to come back to a decision. It’s our hope that Rashod will be capable of signify Minnesota as a student-athlete this fall.”
A number of school gamers opted out of the season up to now month, and lots of now discover themselves in the identical scenario as Bateman. Signing with an agent terminates a participant’s collegiate eligibility, so Bateman probably would wish to undergo the NCAA’s Scholar-Athlete Reinstatement Course of.
Bateman caught 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns final season and was a key cog within the Gophers offense, together with quarterback Tanner Morgan.