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Kentucky Wildcats weigh in on #WeWantToPlay

The college football 2020 season is in a free fall. As Big Ten administrators moved to cancel the fall college football season, players organized to let the world know “We Want to Play.”

Spearheaded by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, ESPN reports that college football’s biggest stars joined together in a 45-minute Zoom call to create a call to action by making a handful of specific requests, led by, “We all want to play football this season.” With each of the Power Five conference logos in the heading of the graphic, the message was shared like wildfire across the college football world.

At the University of Kentucky, players have shared a similar sentiment for months, from Terry Wilson to Josh Paschal and Quinton Bohanna. Sunday evening the senior nose guard did not explicitly share the hashtag, but he made his feelings perfectly clear.

How much does Bohanna have riding on this season? Millions of dollars. The NFL prospect has all of the tools to be successful in the league. One consistent season could propel him from the back of the pack to the top of draft boards.

Bohanna was not alone. Junior linebacker DeAndre Square wants to play football this fall.

Like Bohanna, UK wide receiver Josh Ali has a lot riding on this season. The last we saw Ali on the field, he was catching the game-winning touchdown in the Belk Bowl. Hoping to carry that momentum in 2020, he’s a Senior Bowl candidate with tools that could move him from undrafted into someone who hears his name called in Cleveland next spring.

Kelvin Joseph wants to suit up this season.

Players aren’t the only ones saying #WeWantToPlay. Elsewhere around the south, Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek became the first AD to share the message. The message of that Tweet was not as strong as the one made by Wake Forest’s president when he went to the Demon Deacons’ practice to tell the players he wants to see them playing this fall.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Kentucky Wildcats weigh in on #WeWantToPlay



  1. makeitstop
    10:20 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Awesome. The pendulum starts to swing back. Maybe sanity will prevail.



    • Han
      10:57 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Sanity has yet to prevail on a national level.

      If a large percentage of people would use common sense and stop pretending it’s “just the flu” or a hoax, and if our national leadership would try to handle it the way most of the world has, by not politicizing it and by having respect for science, then maybe we can safely get back to things like sports and shopping and everything else we want to enjoy.

      Sanity is not ignoring a pandemic just because it’s inconvenient.



    • PensacolaCat
      11:59 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Sanity also doesn’t mean canceling our lives over a flu that threatens death to so few.



  2. satcheluk
    11:28 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Han is right.



  3. KYCat4EVER
    11:45 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    WHY would the SEC, or any other power five conference listen to , or be influenced by, the BIG PRE-TEN-ED Conference?

    They can’t win a National Championship, they wine that the SEC gets preferential treatment, and they held out forever not playing a conference championship game .

    Additionally, and let’s not forget this, the take one of their very own high school players and toss him away from Ohio State to LSU… where he wins a National Championship and the Heisman Trophy! ?

    Give us a break! Let the Big PRE-TEN-END Conference sit down for 2020! They won’t be missed by anyone in the SEC nor college football! After all… they have not been missed the last 6-years when they miss a selection spot in the Big Four Playoff!

    GO BIG BLUE… SEC…SEC…SEC!



  4. PensacolaCat
    11:50 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    If we care about the athletes, we allow them to play. If we try to be political and selfish, we cancel the season.



  5. Lip Man 1
    12:45 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Accept it gang. Football is NOT happening. The NFL will be next.

    Shut up, stay home as much as possible and when you go out wear a friggin’ mask and maybe we CAN have sports next year.



  6. east-ky-boy
    8:47 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    I said it before, it would safer for them to play. They would be tested daily. And playing against opponents that’s tested negative everyday. If by some chance someone tests positive, they don’t play and get access to great healthcare. If they didn’t play, they may have it with no symptoms and never know it.