Miami Football players emphatic in support of We Want To Play movement

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Numerous Miami Football players have been explicitly clear over the past 24 hours that they want to play college football in 2020, joining the rapidly-growing We Want To Play movement.

With the 2020 college football season in serious jeopardy, many of the sport’s biggest faces have emphatically spoken up about their desire to play football this fall. Miami football players spoke out on Sunday and Monday to voice their support for the We Want to Play movement started by Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.

Arguably the sport’s most well-known player, Lawrence got the movement on its feet with a thread of viral tweets. [People are at just as much, if not more risk, if we don’t play.

Players will all be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely and medical care and expenses will be placed on the families if they were to contract covid19. Not to mention the players coming from situations that are not good for them/ their future and having to go back to that.

Football is a safe haven for so many people. We are more likely to get the virus in everyday life than playing football. Having a season also incentivizes –Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line.

Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions].”

Within hours players from just about every school with a major college football program joined the movement. Miami was no exception. Miami QB D’Eriq King, along with Lawrence and numerous other Power Five student-athletes, tweeted this graphic, pushing the decision-makers to think hard before there is a verdict.

Miami has only had one player opt-out of the 2020 season thus far, but it was a serious loss. Junior defensive end and anticipated first-round NFL Draft selection Gregory Rousseau announced Friday that the long-term risks were too big of a concern to return for what would’ve been likely his final season with Miami.

Transfer DE Quincy Roche, who will be relied on by the Miami football team more in 2020 with the absence of Rousseau, joined the movement, tweeting that he likes the way practices are held and precautions are taken.

Fellow D-Lineman Nesta Jade Silvera tweeted that he also feels more comfortable on campus than he would otherwise with a canceled season.

Three other of Miami’s most well-known players, however, have made their decision crystal-clear that they want to play, badly. Like Rousseau, star Tight End Brevin Jordan can also declare for the draft, and he wants to make his last season at The U count.

Miami’s biggest weapon at the Wide Receiver position didn’t hold back either. Mike Harley tweeted that he had worked too hard to have this end result.

Transfer safety Bubba Bolden, who saw his first season with the Hurricanes cut short due to a season-ending injury, also chimed in on Monday.

Support for the movement also goes beyond current Hurricanes players. Recently-committed five-star James Williams tweeted out the #WeWantToPlay hashtag. Fellow 2021 commit Kahlil Brantley focused his tweets on opportunities high school football players would lose without football this year.

Next. Miami Hurricanes 2020 defense will be lead by LB Zach McCloud. dark

It’s encouraging to see Miami Football players speak out and join this movement. Nobody knows quite yet if it will halt the cancellation of the season. Nevertheless, the #WeWantToPlay movement is undoubtedly picking up momentum minute by minute.