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Minnesota's Rashod Bateman Re-Enrolls, Wants to Play This Season After Opting Out

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman is looking to play with the Golden Gophers in 2020 after initially opting out of the season.

Coach P.J. Fleck confirmed in a statement on Friday that Bateman re-enrolled in school and received a waiver to practice with the team. However, the junior must be granted a second waiver to play in games this fall.

"Rashod and I have had many positive conversations since the Big Ten announced it was going to compete in football this fall," Fleck said in a statement. "Rashod initially opted out because of personal health concerns surrounding COVID-19, but now feels comfortable rejoining the team after the Big Ten announced the safety measures it was taking to protect student-athletes, which includes daily antigen testing.