The 2020 college football season remains uncertain, but some FBS players are not taking any chances with their future.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel players' concerns — and those were brought to light by a group of Pac-12 players on Sunday who threatened to opt out this season if their needs are not met.
Some other players have already taken that step. Sporting News will track the notable opt-outs for 2020 throughout August and September.
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
(Sept. 24): The senior will sit out the season to prepare for the NFL Draft, he told Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel. "I didn’t think a winter or spring season allows for optimal recovery or training to have a great rookie year," he told Thamel.
SN lists Slater ninth among offensive tackles in its latest draft rankings.
Tate Martell, QB/WR, Miami (Fla.)
(Sept. 18): Martell has chosen to sit out the remainder of the Hurricanes' season, the Miami Herald reported. The Ohio State transfer was suspended for the season-opener but was expected to be reinstated this week, although the Herald noted that he had fallen off Miami's depth chart for Game 2. Now he's on track to be inactive for all of his fourth college season.
Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
(Sept. 14): Wade became the second notable Ohio State player to opt out and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Wade's father, Randy, has been integral in organizing Big Ten parents to protest the conference's the decision to postpone football season. Shaun Wade, meanwhile, is a first-team SN Preseason All-American. UPDATE: Wade reversed his decision Sept. 17, telling ESPN he was coming back to help the Buckeyes, who will play this season, win a national championship.
Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
(Sept. 11): Davis, another SN preseason All-American, became the first Ohio State player to opt out of the 2020 season, according to Yahoo Sports. Davis will focus on preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft. Davis ranked No. 16 on SN's latest 2021 NFL Draft Big Board .
Penei Sewell, T, Oregon
(Sept. 7): Sewell, considered by many to be the top offensive tackle prospect ahead of the 2021 the NFL Draft — including in Sporting News' latest mock draft — announced on Monday he would opt out of the 2020 college football season. The Oregon tackle, ranked by SN as the No. 3 college football player in 2020, confirmed his plans on Twitter:
Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
(Sept. 2): Newman, who transferred from Wake Forest and was expect to start at quarterback for the Bulldogs this season, opted out to focus on the 2021 NFL Draft. Newman was Sporting News' top-ranked transfer quarterback for 2020. He transferred from Wake Forest, where he totaled 2,868 passing yards, 574 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns last season.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
(Aug. 30): Gainwell opted out of his third season with the Tigers to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Gainwell had 2,069 yards from scrimmage and 16 total TDs and is one of the best all-purpose backs in college football.
Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
(Aug. 30): Chase is the highest-ranked player on Sporting News Top 40 list that opted out this season. Chase won the Biletnikoff Award last year after a banner season in which he had 84 catches, 1,780 receiving yards and 20 TDs. It's a huge loss for the defending national champions.
Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
(Aug. 19): Surratt, a 1,000-yard receiver from 2019, announced he would opt out of the 2020 season and instead prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft . He caught 66 passes for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, earning first-team All-ACC honors.
Kary Vincent, S, LSU
(Aug. 17): Vincent, LSU's starting nickel safety from 2019, announced his intention to opt out and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Vincent had 47 tackles and four interceptions for the defending national champions in 2019.
Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma
(Aug. 16): Brooks told Sooners coach Lincoln Riley of his decision Sunday, The Athletic reported . The redshirt junior earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last season as he rushed for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns. He also led the conference with 6.5 yards per carry.
Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt
(Aug. 8): Twyman announced on Saturday that he would opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Twyman, who would have been a redshirt junior in 2020, earned first-team All-ACC status after recording 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2019. He ranked as Sporting News' No. 17 overall player ahead of the 2020 season.
Josh Jackson, QB, Maryland
(Aug. 7): Jackson was the most notable of six Maryland opt outs announced by coach Mike Locksley on Friday. Jalen Alexander, Austin Fontaine, Johnny Jordan, Vincent Flythe and TJ Kautai also opted out. Jackson passed for 1,274 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions last season and was in the mix to be the Terps' starting quarterback in 2020.
Chandler Wooten, LB, Auburn
(Aug. 6): Wooten, a senior linebacker, opted out of the 2020 season, according to AL.com . Wooten is set to become a first-time father this fall. Wooten had 25 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in 2019. He plans to redshirt and return for the 2021 season.
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
(Sept. 24): Moore has opted back in. He said the Big Ten's efforts since August swayed him. "The Big Ten found a way to consistently test and have safety protocols that made me feel safe," he told ESPN2's Wendi Nix.
(Aug. 6): Moore, a second-team SN Preseason All-American, announced his decision to opt out on Twitter.
Moore battled injuries last season, but he was established as one of the most-exciting players in college football. He put up 143 catches and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons. He also averaged 19.4 yards per punt return. It is a big loss for the Boilermakers.
Jacub Panasiuk, DE, Michigan State
Panasiuk, a starting defensive end, opted out of the 2020 season because of health concerns. He had three sacks and 10 tackles for loss for the Spartans last season. Panasiuk plans on redshirting and returning in 2021 for his senior season.
Gregory Rousseau, DL, Miami
(Aug. 6): Rousseau informed Miami coach Danny Miaz he will opt out of the 2020 season. The redshirt sophomore is a preseason SN All-America selection , ranking ninth among the top 40 players ahead of the season. He tallied 54 tackles (19.5 for loss), 15.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2019.
Kerry Martin, S, West Virginia
(Aug. 6): Martin opted out because of health concerns . The sophomore has asthma and sickle cell trait. Martin played in 11 games for the Mountaineers last season and finished with 50 tackles.
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
(Aug. 5): Yahoo Sports reported Parsons is expected to opt out of the college football season to prepare for the NFL Draft. Parsons is a first-team SN Preseason All-American and ranked No. 6 on SN's Top 40 players for 2020 . Parsons compiled 109 tackles and 14 tackles for loss, but he also had five pass breakups and four forced fumbles last season. He is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kassidy Woods, WR, Washington State
(Aug. 2): Woods, who has sickle cell trait, decided not to play in 2020. That's only part of the story. He alleged that Washington State coach Nick Rolovich took issure with the Pac-12 unity group, according to the Spokesman-Review. That prompted Rolovich to clarify his remarks in a statement on Aug. 3. Woods had six catches for 58 yards for the Cougars last season.
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
(July 29): Farley, a second-team SN preseason All-American, opted out to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Farley totaled 56 tackles and six interceptions the past two seasons with the Hokies and is considered one of the best defensive backs in the FBS.
Ra'Von Bonner, RB, Illinois
(July 27): Bonner, a junior, and teammate Jake Cerny became the first two FBS players to opt out for the 2020 season. Bonner played in 12 games for Illinois last season and has 822 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for his career. Cerny, an offensive lineman, played in 12 games last season — mostly on special teams.