Trevor Lawrence Calls for Unity over 2020 CFB Season: 'There Is a Way Forward'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2020

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Perhaps the most notable player in all of college football wants to play the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who already has a national championship and two College Football Playoff appearances in two years as a starter, wants to work together to play. He added, "There is a way forward."

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

Let’s work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. Not divide and argue. There is a way forward

Lawrence later continued to expand on why college football should continue as originally scheduled and added a list of guidelines players want, including "universal mandated health and safety procedures to protect college athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA":

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

People are at just as much, if not more risk, if we don’t play. Players will all be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely and medical care and expenses will be placed on the families if they were to contract covid19 (1)

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line. Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

#WeWantToPlay https://t.co/jvQhE7noGB

The Sunday tweets came after he made it clear Saturday that he wants to take the field in 2020:

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee

I don’t know about y’all, but we want to play.

Trevor Lawrence @Trevorlawrencee


Lawrence made his comments with the immediate future of college football seriously in doubt. The MAC announced it postponed all fall sports until the spring Saturday, and the Big Ten announced it "will remain in the first two days of the acclimatization period in football (i.e., helmets shall be the only piece of protective equipment student-athletes may wear)."

Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated cited a source who said, "I think by the end of the week the fall sports will be postponed in all conferences," while Brett McMurphy of Stadium cited another who said: "College football season is done. I don't think everyone immediately follows MAC, but it gives other league presidents one more reason to make an easier decision. Biggest thing is unknown long-term impact of COVID and liability issues involved."

One thing is for sure: Lawrence wants another chance at a championship before he potentially heads to the NFL as a highly regarded draft pick in 2021.