With the news that the Big Ten presidents are ready to pull the plug on the fall football season and that other Power 5 conferences could follow suit, several student-athletes took to Twitter to make their voices heard, including players from Minnesota.
True freshman defensive back Michael Dixon was one of the first to speak out, echoing the #WeWantToPlay hashtag that has become a rallying cry for certain players who feel that their desire to play, knowing the risks, is not being taken into account.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Solomon Brown seemed to question the need for a hashtag, suggesting that the desire to play is inherent in being a scholarship student-athlete.
Just a thought, if we signed a scholarship to play football for the next 4-5 years isn’t it implied that we want to play ???— 777*+ (@ksb_xxvii) August 10, 2020
Grad transfer cornerback Benjamin St.-Juste, one of the leaders of the College Athletes United group, Tweeted his lack of surprise at the current state of affairs.
The situation was fumbled way back in March and yall surprised????????— Benjamin St-Juste (@Benj_Juice) August 10, 2020
True freshman defensive back Abner Dubnar shared a statement first promoted by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The statement, which purports to have support from players across the Power 5 conferences, calls for universal health and safety procedures and protocols, in addition to establishing a college football players association.
Redshirt senior cornerback Coney Durr explained why he has serious reservations about playing during a pandemic, citing the impact it could have on his NFL Draft status as a player building his draft stock.
He also will go first pick overall no matter what if everything shuts down in the middle of season ,while my eligibility runs out after only playing half the season of already a 10 game season, while trying to build my draft stock https://t.co/ZNaGDPiktK— Coney Durr (@CD16ERA) August 10, 2020
This is not even including the protocols that we must follow for contracting COVID. You’ll basically miss 2-3 games if you test positive or become a close contact ! Those are my fears of playing football this season. Of course we all want to play !— Coney Durr (@CD16ERA) August 10, 2020
Junior defensive back Jordan Howden co-signed Durr's Tweet.
Redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell and redshirt sophomore linebacker Braelen Oliver, both watching the whirlwind of events unfold on Twitter, seemed to weigh in with their takes.
yall not using yall heads, yall acting off emotions rn lol.— ♀️كريستوفر (@chrisautmanbell) August 10, 2020
Today Should Be VERY Interesting... Big Decisions N Many Opinions‼️— Braelen Oliver〽️ (@_Spooky14_) August 10, 2020
Opinions are going to vary among players, as everyone's situation is unique, but one thing is for certain: They are tired of not having a seat at the table and a voice in the discussion. That could be about to change.