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Ohio State parents voice support for playing fall football
The college football season is on the cusp of collapsing, as conferences are on the verge of canceling a fall football season.
But Ohio State wants to play. The athletic department wants a season. The players certainly want to play. They were given a chance to opt out, and every Ohio State player opted to play. The coaching staff wants a season.
And even the Ohio State football parents are voicing their support for a college football season. Parents of the football players shared their position in an open letter on Twitter late Sunday evening.
Let’s play !!!! 🏈 pic.twitter.com/D2HTl0heSr
— Pablo Fields (@snooka55) August 10, 2020
Their voices aren’t the ones that ultimately matter. The Big Ten presidents have been on calls discussing a path forward for a college football season — or a cancellation. But the stance of the players, coaches and even parents is clear. They all want a college football season.
Key Buckeyes generating buzz early in camp
The complete squad wasn’t even together on Day One of training camp at Ohio State. The full pads aren’t on yet — they can’t be due to Big Ten restraints — and there is almost a full month of practices to go before the Buckeyes play a game — if they can make it to that point without the season being canceled.
So, yes, it’s a bit early to be evaluating breakout players or awarding starting jobs. On the other hand, thanks to the unique ramp-up period of workouts, Ohio State also reported for the first official practices of the season with a decent idea of just who those guys might be already.
That doesn’t mean Ryan Day is going to spill the details about all of them. But between the captains speaking early in the week and his post-workout comments on Thursday, there are a couple Buckeyes who seemed to have quickly caught the eye and embraced Day’s challenge for August.
Plenty can change between now and Sept. 3 at Illinois. But Lettermen Row made sure to take note of these five names from the early conversations with the Buckeyes and will be watching them heading into the season. Check out that list here.
Justin Hilliard ready to lead through any season Buckeyes have
Justin Hilliard has been through it all for the Buckeyes. He has had horrible luck during his now-six-year career at Ohio State, but he has battled back to become a captain in his final season — if he gets to play.
Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham wrote about what Hilliard has been through to get to this point in his career. Part of that story can be found:
Injuries are part of football, but no player arrives at Ohio State expecting to miss time because of them. They are one stumbling block among many that pop up throughout a college career, and not every player will prove worthy of navigating them. Hilliard’s family, his upbringing and being so close to his hometown throughout the struggles helped keep him upbeat. Staying close to his teammates and the doctors in charge of his rehab kept him remembering why he couldn’t quit.
For the full story, click here.
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