Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley became the first FBS player to opt out of the 2020 college football season on Wednesday.
Farley was a second team selection in Sporting News’ Preseason All-American team.
Farley made an announcement on Twitter via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Farley said he made his decision “because of uncertain health conditions and regulations and all the other opt-outs currently taking place in football.”
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Here’s the former Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley’a announcement that he’s opting out of college football season to train and turn pro, sent to ESPN: pic.twitter.com/5j4FmQvGKy
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2020
Farley also named his mother Robin, who died on January 2, 2018.
Farley has completed a total of 56 tackles and six interceptions for the Hokies over the past two seasons. He will now prepare for the NFL Draft 2021 and it will be interesting to see which FBS players follow the same path.
The ACC has yet to make a decision on its 2020 football schedule, amid continued concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.