As NFL players continue to decide to opt out of the 2020 season, Division I college football is beginning to see some opt outs, too.
Caleb Farley, a cornerback for Virginia Tech and a projected first-round draft pick, decided to opt out and spend the year training for the draft instead, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Farley has reportedly seen NFL players opt out and is uncomfortable playing this season.
Ra’Von Bonner, a senior running back at Illinois, also decided to opt out of his final season on Monday – citing his asthma and concerns about playing in a pandemic.
The recent college football opt outs continues to raise questions about the 2020 season and whether or not it is feasible to continue.
The Ivy League and Patriot League are among the Division I conferences who have already postponed all fall sports, with the potential to resume play in the spring.
The Big Ten plans to only play conference games, while the SEC, Big 12 and ACC have not finalized plans for the 2020 season.
The decision on how to approach the upcoming college football season is also coinciding as many schools and universities are trying to figure out whether or not students should return to the classroom or campuses this fall, or if they should be held virtually.
Many NFL players who have decided to opt out will still receive a stipend, but college athletes are not in such a fortunate position because they are not paid. How any opt outs would affect a player’s eligibility or scholarship remains to be seen.