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Report: After opting out, Rashod Bateman wants to play for Gophers

The All-Big Ten receiver opted out due to health concerns.
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Rashod Bateman is reportedly reconsidering his decision to opt out of the college football season, with Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reporting that the All-Big Ten wide receiver wants to play for the Gophers. 

"He's back on campus and enrolled as a full-time student," Thamel wrote in a tweet. "He’s signed with agent and finds himself in the same scenario as other high-profile players around the country."

Bateman opted out of the 2020 season on August 4. Seven days later the Big Ten postponed all fall sports, only to reverse that decision earlier this week. The conference football season will now begin the weekend of Oct. 23-24, with each Big Ten team playing an eight-game conference-only schedule. 

Bateman's announced the following on Aug. 4: 

“Unfortunately, in light of the uncertainty around health and safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have to set my wishes aside for the wellness of my family, community and beyond,” Bateman said. “Because of this, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season and I will be taking the next steps in my journey by declaring for the 2021 NFL draft.”

Bateman, at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, burst onto the scene as a sophomore last season. He racked up 60 receptions for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

The Gophers could be headed for another big season, especially if Bateman is in the mix. 

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