Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley Opts Out of 2020 Seasonby Ryan Blank July 31, 2020 0 comments
A projected first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft opted out of the NCAA season.
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley became the first college football player to opt out of the 2020 season. Farley now shifts his focus to preparing for the NFL draft.
As announced via his Instagram last week, Farley stated, “I am opting out due to uncertain health conditions and regulations and all the other opt outs in football right now.”
Farley lost his mother in 2018 after a battle with breast cancer. In his video, he addressed the loss of his mom and the difficulty of his decision.
“I cannot afford to lose another parent or loved one,” Farley said. “Though the competitor in me badly wants to play this season, I cannot ignore what’s going on in my heart and I must make the decision that brings me the most peace.”
Even though he is the first college player to opt-out, a large swarm of NFL players have also decided to opt out. You can see the full list here.
Last year, Farley set career-highs with 12 passes defended and four interceptions. When targeted by opposing quarterbacks, Farley recorded a 26.8 passer rating, which marked as the fifth-best among all cornerbacks in college football.
Be on the lookout for more college athletes to follow suit and opt out of their respective seasons following Farley’s decision.