In the wake of the widespread movement across twitter, nine Tennessee football players have joined the #WeWantToPlay call to action.
The movement gained traction on Sunday night, following the reports of Power 5 athletic leaders meeting to discuss the seemingly-grim college football season outlook. Players, coaches, fans, and media members then all began tweeting out their support of the season through the hashtag.
As of Aug. 9, nine current Tennessee football players have joined in on the twitter movement, tweeting out #WeWantToPlay, declaring themselves willing and able to play the season with the correct and safe guidelines.
These players include quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Brian Maurer, defensive backs Bryce Thompson, Alontae Taylor, and Trevon Flowers, linebackers Henry To’oto’o and Aaron Beasley, defensive lineman Darel Middleton, and wide receiver Velus Jones Jr.
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) August 10, 2020
Worked way too hard for this. #WeWantToPlay
— 11 (@HenryTootoo1) August 10, 2020
— Zip (@thommybry) August 9, 2020
One of the most prominent players to speak out with the hashtag, Heisman trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence, tweeted out a photograph better explaining some of the thoughts and motivations behind the movement.
Other notable members of college athletics to show their support include Heisman trophy candidate Justin Fields of Ohio State, as well as the athletic directors from Texas A&M and Arkansas.
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020
Love the work ethic of @AggieFootball Despite the some uncertainty, they continue to stay focused on their craft & passion for the game of football. We are supporting them at the highest level in all facets of their health & safety. #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/d1kzaYjiWu
— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 10, 2020