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Greg Rousseau opts out of Miami Hurricanes 2020 season

The elite DE prospect won’t play for Manny Diaz and The U in 2020.

University of Miami lineman Gregory Rousseau wears the turnover chain against Central Michigan during the first half of their game on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.: Rousseau won’t be returning, as he’s signed with Miami-based agent Drew Rosenhaus.

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.

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.