Penn State LB Micah Parsons may opt out of 2020 season due to pandemic, fans say 'Ohio State created Covid-19'
Parsons led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons and was set to spearhead one of the country’s top defenses this fall but the pandemic changed his mind
One of the most celebrated players for the College football season, Micah Aaron Parsons, is expected to take a call on August 5 with regard to ending his college football career amid the coronavirus pandemic as reported by Yahoo Sports News.
The American football defensive will now focus on preparing for next year’s National Football League 2021 draft where he is being projected as a first round pick. The Penn’s Nittany Lion’s player led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons and was set to spearhead one of the country’s top defenses again this fall, but the looming fear of pandemic changed his mind.
"Sources tell me that Penn State LB Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 college season and enter the 2021 NFL draft. Should be made official later tonight or early tomorrow," tweeted Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports.
Sources tell me that Penn State LB Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 college season and enter the 2021 NFL draft— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) August 5, 2020
Should be made official later tonight or early tomorrow.https://t.co/1rBqoccKN3
Parsons has joined the league of players such as Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, another potential first-round pick, and Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, both of whom will not play due to the Covid-19 threat.
Pennsylvania native Parson had the highest potential as compared to others on Penn State’s roster, having found his groove at linebacker by the end of last season after playing defensive end at high school. He was a force to reckon with in December’s Cotton Bowl Win over Memphis, winning defensive MVP honors for the game with 14 tackles and 2 sacks as a sophomore, earning All-American honors and the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year in 2019.
After this news, people joked online if "Ohio State created Covid" as Ohio State and Penn State are rivals in University Football games. "So it seems Ohio State created COVID," tweeted a user.
So it seems Ohio State created COVID— Justin Campbell (@jcamelback) August 5, 2020
Another football enthusiast tweeted that the player cannot be like a “punching bag” for Ohio State amid the looming fears of a virus that can jeopardize health and performance. “Didn't want to be a punching bag for Ohio State again," he tweeted.
Didn't want to be a punching bag for Ohio State again— Roll Tide Roll!🐘 (@YouknowMeMan1) August 5, 2020
“Great. So Ohio State should just breeze through another joke of a conference schedule. #ClemsonNorth,” tweeted another user.
Great. So Ohio State should just breeze through another joke of a conference schedule. #ClemsonNorth.— •|||||||•Chad Toledo (@Chad_Toledo) August 5, 2020
Many fans think that the college football season would be incomplete with players like Parson opting out. Fans are hoping that his opting out doesn’t lead to a “domino effect with other top picks”.
Just hope it doesn’t lead to a domino effect with other top picks— Joe Rogers II (@RollTide330) August 5, 2020
Some fans also expect that more players will drop out not only from college football but also from NFL Draft. "Expect more top #NFLDraft prospects to opt out of 2020 #CFB season," tweeted a user.
Others say there probably won’t be any season and are calling the NFL a makeshift season. "All top players should be going this route. Why chance it for a makeshift season?" tweeted a user.
All top players should be going this route. Why chance it for a makeshift season?— Mr. Popo (@Just_Donnie_) August 5, 2020