One day after two Power 5 conferences cancelled (or delayed) their 2020 football season, Florida Gators players are openly sharing their desires to play via their social media accounts.
Several players have displayed their desires to play, including redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Trask and offensive lineman Jean Delance, among others.
Delance posted a tweet stating his desires to remain in Gainesville so he can avoid possibly exposing his grandmother to Covid-19. The 6’4 314 lb lineman explained that his grandmother has a rare form of cancer and lives with his family. The Texas native did emphasize that he wants to play safely.
Trask added a statement from the Florida football players:
— Kyle Trask (@ktrask9) August 12, 2020
In recent days, DE Zachary Carter, RB Lorenzo Lingard, and WR Jacob Copeland have all taken to Twitter to express their desires to play.
On Tuesday, the Big Ten and PAC-12 both announced the cancellation of the fall sports season (though they both expressed intentions to explore playing in the spring).
Despite those announcements, the SEC, ACC, and Big 12, have all opted to move forward towards a 2020 season.
Tentatively, the Gators are set to open the 2020 season on September 26. The SEC has yet to release a revised schedule. Just last week, the conference announced the two additional opponents each team would face as it moves to a conference only schedule. The Gators drew Arkansas and Texas A&M.
My decisions ultimately affect those close to me. @SEC If you are going to give us please understand I’m devoted to this season as long as we follow SAFE, and Healthy protocols with the advice from medical professionals and assistance. #WeWabtToPlaySafely
— Jean Delance (@jeandelance56) August 12, 2020