Several Tennessee football players say #WeWantToPlay amid season’s uncertain future

Jarrett Guarantano made his opinion clear Sunday about the fate of the college football season.

“#WeWantToPlay,” Tennessee’s fifth-year senior quarterback wrote on Twitter.

Numerous college players, including several at Tennessee, tweeted #WeWantToPlay in reaction to national media reports over the weekend that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are moving toward canceling the football season this fall. 

On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to cancel the season. The MAC plans to consider a spring season.

As Power Five conferences, the Big Ten and Pac-12 are bigger dominoes that could set off a chain reaction if they cancel their seasons.

They were the first two conferences to announce a schedule change in early July, opting for a conference-only slate. Weeks later, the ACC and SEC announced altered schedule plans.

Players in multiple conferences have expressed concern about their safety playing in the midst of a pandemic. Last week, several players throughout college football announced they were opting out of this season.

No Tennessee players have announced plans not to play.

“Worked way too hard for this. #WeWantToPlay,” linebacker Henry To’o To’o said.

Quarterback Brian Maurer, wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., defensive lineman Darel Middleton, linebacker Aaron Beasley, cornerback Alontae Taylor and safety Trevon Flowers were other Vols players who tweeted similar messages.

“I don’t care if we have to play a Top 10 team every week!” Middleton wrote. “#WeWantToPlay #WearAMask.”

Elsewhere, prominent players such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields tweeted #WeWantToPlay messages.

A season cancellation would be a quick pivot after multiple conferences, including the Big Ten, announced their modified schedules last week.

The SEC revealed each team’s slate of 10 opponents on Friday, although it has not set game dates or the order of games.

The SEC season is scheduled to begin Sept. 26, and practice is scheduled to start Aug. 17.

Big Ten teams are scheduled to begin the season Sept. 5. Full-contact practices were delayed throughout the conference as officials determine the fate of the season.

Blake Toppmeyer covers University of Tennessee football. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer. If you enjoy Blake’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. Current subscribers can click here to join Blake’s subscriber-only text group offering updates and analysis on Vols football.


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