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‘Canes defensive end Gregory Rousseau opts out of 2020 football season

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Rousseau’s fear of the longterm effects of COVID-19 influenced his decision to sit out the season.

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According to numerous sources in college football media, Miami star defensive end Gregory Rousseau is opting out of the 2020 season. I know there are mixed feelings about the Corona Virus, but there should be no mixed feelings about someone doing what they feel is right for their long-term health and the health of their family.

Rousseau was a projected 1st round pick by many in the NFL Draft scouting world. The six-foot-seven, 255 pound lineman logged 54 tackles a year ago, adding 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks to his resume as a redshirt freshman.

The long defensive end would have been a force to deal with for offensive linemen and quarterbacks had he stayed on. Miami was projected to have one of the best defensive lines in the country with Rousseau, Temple graduate transfer Quincy Roche, John Ford, Nesta Silvera, UCLA transfer Jalean Phillips, and a crew of younger up-and-coming players.

Blake Baker’s defense will now have to rely on a hopefully healthy Phillips to start opposite of Roche. Phillips is a former five-star prospect but had retired at UCLA due to injuries.