The reigning Big Ten Receiver of the 12 months will be back in maroon and gold.

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The NCAA formally restored the eligibility of Minnesota Gophers star receiver Rashod Bateman on Wednesday. Bateman formerly announced he was forgoing this period since of particular health considerations associated to COVID-19.

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In 2019, Bateman established software data by hauling in 60 receptions for one,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named third-staff All-American and all-Significant Ten 1st workforce. As a freshman in 2018, Bateman caught 51 passes for 704 yards and six touchdowns.

Bateman will turn into the initial Gophers participant to put on No. this season, switching from the No. 13 he wore as a freshman and sophomore. According to a assertion launched by the College of Minnesota, Bateman switched his quantity to No. mainly because “there is zero tolerance for racism in Minnesota’s society and it is a connect with to action to close racism in our modern society.”

The Gophers will begin the 2020 campaign Oct. 24 against Michigan.