Earlier Thursday, Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz was informed mid-press conference that his star defensive end Gregory Rousseau would be opt-ing out of the season. Later on, Purdue WR Rondale Moore announced that he would be opting-out as well. Definitely not a huge surprise, but it definitely made for some big headlines. The Hurricanes are expected to start practicing tomorrow.
Rousseau, a 6’7″, 254 pound Redshirt-Sophomore, is ranked as the top edge-rusher for the draft next year and is projected to go as high as in the Top-5. After redshirting his freshman year due to an ankle injury, he recorded 15.5 sacks (#2 in the nation behind Chase Young), 19.5 tackles for loss, and seven QB hurries in 2019. Not to mention he only started six games in his lone playing season for the Hurricanes, as he had to fight for the job early on. Fantastic production & development for a guy who was only a 3-star coming out of high school. complete monster who attracts double teams on the regular and can line up on the inside, which is where he might end up being more at once he gets to the league, similar to Calais Campbell.
Rondale Moore is absolutely electric and one of my favorite players to watch. He is one of the top WR prospects in next years draft and will most likely be taken in the Top-20 at least. His 2019 season was limited to only 4 games due to injuries, but as a Red-Shirt Freshman in 2018 he won the Paul Hornung award given the Nation’s Most Versatile player. That year he recorded 113 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 scores through the air, plus 212 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, and 744 return yards as well. Most people will remember him for when he absolutely torched Ohio State for 12 catches for 170 yards and 2 td’s.
Rousseau and Moore’s announcements come after Penn State’s Micah Parsons (Linebacker), Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman (WR), and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley decided to opt-out over the past couple weeks. Parsons is projected as a top-5 pick overall, with Bateman and Farley ranked at the top of their respected positions. It’s definitely disappointing for college football fans, and especially for me as a Miami fan, but it’s completely understandable. These players are already projected 1st rounders and don’t want to risk injury or contracting COVID-19. Rousseau’s mom’s is an emergency room nurse and has seen many deaths on the front lines. We’ll have to see who else chooses to opt-out, as there will definitely be more, especially after today.
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