Purdue WR star Rondale Moore chooses to quit 2020 season, to enter 2021 NFL draft

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Purdue lost his best offensive weapon on Thursday as all-star wide receiver Rondale Moore announced he plans to retire from the upcoming season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. First-team All-American selection in As a true rookie in 2018, Moore couldn’t double his successes last season, but is one of the nation’s top playmakers nonetheless.

“Being a boilermaker has been everything I hoped for and more,” Moore said in a statement. “We had a good time together. All the staff and the university have helped me grow not only as a footballer, but also as a man.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound, red-shirted sophomore exploded in 2018 when he made 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns as a receiver, 213 yards and two touchdowns, and 662 yards on kick off returns. His 2019 season ended after just four games with a knee injury against Minnesota. He made 29 catches for 387 yards and four touchdowns before picking up a red shirt.

“It’s a bittersweet decision because I always thought I had more good times ahead of me at Ross-Ade Stadium and that I will miss the whole community. Please accept my deep gratitude. ”

“We would like to thank Rondale for his contribution to Purdue football and the many memorable moments he left with Boilermaker fans during his time here. From the moment he took to the pitch, he electrified Ross-Ade stadium and college football with his record performances. and a unique ability, ”coach Jeff Brohm said in a statement. “He has always represented our program with class and dignity, and we fully support him and his family as they pursue their professional future. Rondale is a player and a special person, and we know he will be a star at the next level and beyond. ”

Moore is the latest in a string of top stars who have opted out of the 2020 college football season. Penn State linebacker and Miami (FL) defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau have announced their intentions Thursday. They have joined Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman as stars who will abstain in favor of the NFL draft preparation.

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