The 2020 college football season seems to be on shaky ground this weekend, with reports that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are at least weighing options of cancelling or moving the season. However, one college football superstar has been very vocal about his desire to play.
As conferences and schools sort out what to do about playing college football during the COVID-19 pandemic, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence expressed the feelings of he and his teammates on Saturday as he posted their message to Twitter.
“I don’t know about y’all, but we want to play,” Lawrence wrote.
The debate about the 2020 season continued into Sunday, and Lawrence once again called on those in charge to find a way to make it work. The Clemson signal caller wants those arguing to put aside their differences and try to come up with a viable plan for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin next month.
“Let’s work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. Not divide and argue,” Lawrence tweeted on Sunday. “There is a way forward.”
Lawrence also posted a short but clear hashtag, “#WeWantToPlay.”
Recently, some star players around the country have made the decision to opt out. Some of the bigger names include Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, and Miami defensive end Greg Rousseau. Lawrence was asked about whether he gave thought to opting out, and he admitted that he gave it some thought. However, he decided to play, and that is where his full focus is these days.
“I think everyone thought about it with everything going on, but since I made the decision to play, I haven’t thought about it again,” Lawrence said. “I’m committed. I’m just ready to have a great year. Me and Travis [Etienne] are definitely here and committed to playing. I’m just excited to play football.
“I was always going to play until it got to the point it was not safe. That never happened.”
Over the last two seasons, Lawrence has lived up to his billing as a five-star recruit coming out of high school. As a true freshman, Lawrence led Clemson to a national championship. In his two years with the Tigers, Lawrence has already thrown for 6,945 yards, 66 touchdowns, and just 12 interceptions. If Lawrence and his teammates get their wish, he’ll be a favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, and his team will be back in the College Football Playoff discussion.