The 2020 college football season remains uncertain, but some FBS players don’t take risks with their future.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spark players’ concerns – and it did uncovered by a group of Pac-12 players on Sunday that threatened to abandon this season if their needs are not met.
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Some other players have already taken that step. Sporting News follows the notable opt-outs for 2020 in August and September.
Ra’Von Bonner, RB, Illinois
(July 27): Bonner, a junior and teammate Jake Cerny became the first two FBS players to opt out of the 2020 season. Bonner played in 12 games for Illinois last season and has 822 rushing yards and 10 TDs for his career. An attacking lineman, Cerny played in 12 games last season – mostly in special teams.
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
(July 29): Farley, a second team SN preseason All-American, chose to prepare for the NFL Draft 2021. Farley has played with the Hokies on 56 tackles and six interceptions over the past two seasons and is considered one of the best defenders in the FBS.
Kassidy Woods, WR, Washington state
(August 2): Woods, which has a sickle cell trait, decided not to play in 2020. That is only part of the story. He claimed that Washington state coach Nick Rolovich issued the Pac-12 unit, according to the Spokesman Review. That was the reason Rolovich to clarify his comments in a statement on August 3. Woods had six catches for 58 yards for the Cougars last season.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
(August 4): Bateman announced that he was logging out of Twitter for the 2020 season:
Bateman is one of the best recipients of the FBS. He was number 22 on the Sporting News Top 40 Players list for 2020. Bateman averaged 20.3 yards per catch with 11 TDs in 2019. He came on in big games, with 350 receiving yards and two TDs over two games with Penn State and Wisconsin. That presence of big games will be missed in the Minnnesota attack.