UCF: 10 players opt out of season due to COVID-19 concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two projected starters are among 10 UCF football players who are opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Coach Josh Heupel said cornerback Tay Gowan and defensive lineman Kalia Davis, as well as backup quarterback Darriel Mack Jr., are part of the group.

The others are offensive linemen Allan Adams, Lamarius Benson and Adrian Medley; defensive linemen Mason Cholewa and Kendrick Wilson, and defensive backs Elijah Benoit and Devunte Dawson.

“Everybody’s perspective and situation with COVID is different. They’re all valid and real. It’s the most unique thing that most of us have ever encountered in our lifetime,” Heupel said Tuesday.

“We’ve tried to educate our guys continuously on what the practices are. Educate them as to what we’re doing here to keep them as safe as possible,” Heupel added. “Each of these kids who chose to opt out have different reasons behind their decisions. They’re valid. They’re real. We support those guys and will continue to help them.”

The Knights, ranked No. 21 in The Associated Press preseason poll, are scheduled to open the season at Georgia Tech on Sept. 19.

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