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Gators lend social media support to playing this season

Robbie Andreu
Gator Sports
A Florida Gators helmet on the set of the show SEC Nation before the Florida Georgia game outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 2, 2019. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Several Florida football players, the head coach and one assistant coach, have taken to Twitter to express their feelings about the growing speculation that college football is headed for a shutdown this fall.

 They are adamant.

 They want to play.

 Senior defensive tackle Kyree Campbell makes an impassioned plea to let the players play. He tweeted the following: “It’s my last year honestly I need this season in order to change my family and my life for the better. I understand there’s a pandemic going on but I come from nothing, I been living in a pandemic. It should be a choice. Always ready to strap them buckles up.COME ON 2 PLAY.”

 Running back Lorenzo Lingard, the Miami transfer and former five-star recruit, said he needs to play, he has to play. “I want to play … even if we gotta be locked in … nothing at home for me,” he posted.

 Junior defensive end Zachary Carter said the season means too much to the Gators to let it go. “So close to changing our lives forever. One season can do it all. #WeWantToPlay,” he tweeted.

Senior quarterback Kyle Trask, senior wide receiver Rick Wells and tight ends Kyle Pitts and Dante Lang all Tweeted: “#WeWantToPlay.”

Florida coach Dan Mullen supports his players.

"I am so proud of our players," Mullen wrote on his Twitter account Monday. "Their commitment to medical guidelines to stay safe has showed their resolve in preparing the right way for the season. They deserve to play this fall. They have worked so hard for this. Let’s fight for them and find a way. #WeWantToPlay"

 New tight ends coach Tim Brewster also expressed his feelings on Twitter: “#CoachesWantToCoach

#PlayersWantToPlay”

 Less than a week ago, wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Jacob Copeland took to Twitter to say they were considering opting out of the season.

 Now, there seems to be a different mood, and a different perspective, about the game among the Gators.

 They want to play.