UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.: Rousseau won’t be returning, as he’s signed with Miami-based agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Greg Rousseau signs with @RosenhausSports— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 6, 2020
The Miami Hurricanes announced their projected football schedule for 2020 today, but if games are played they’ll be without one of their best defenders as the season kicks off.
Defensive end Greg Rousseau has decided to opt out of the season. He would have been a redshirt junior, and thus is eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft if he chooses to enter.
BREAKING: Greg Rousseau has told Manny Diaz he will not be playing football this season.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 6, 2020
With a draft grade from Mel Kiper as the #24 pick and from Todd McShay as the #13 selection, there’s a strong chance he doesn’t return to Coral Gables.
Rousseau had 15.5 sacks and 19.5 total tackles for loss amongst his 54 total tackles in 2019. A true 305 kid from Coconut Creek, at 6’7 and 253 lbs. as of last season, his length, speed, and quickness should have scouts drooling come draft time. There’s some technique refinement needed, and he often relies on his prodigious physical gifts, but when the talent is this overwhelming the ceiling is almost limitless.
We’ll see if Rousseau opts to turn pro or return to campus at some point, but signing with an agent and beginning to prepare for the NFL Combine might be around the corner.