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.
Gotta let us ball to much riding on this.
— Quinton Bohanna (@QBohanna) August 10, 2020
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.
— DeAndre Square (@d_square10) August 10, 2020
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.
— Josh Ali (@_JoshAli6) August 10, 2020
Kelvin Joseph wants to suit up this season.
— BO$$MAN (@bossmanfat1) August 10, 2020
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.
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) August 10, 2020