Player safety has been a hot topic of conversation as teams push forward with playing a fall football season.
Obviously, attempting to play a college football season in the middle of a health crisis brings with it a number of issues on and off the field. One of the bigger on field issues teams will be faced with is not only trying their best to keep the players safe, but also making sure the players are comfortable in the environment they are in.
“Well, I mean, at the end of the day we have to protect ourselves,” running back Travis Etienne said on Friday. “We’ve got to be locked in this season. I mean, it is going to be a different year, different kind of experience, but this year we will have to just focus in on the team, and just protect each other.”
The Tigers have already seen a number of players miss time throughout fall camp. Some due to the normal bumps and bruises that come with the territory, while others have been out due to safety protocols.
Fortunately for the Tigers, there is a ton of veteran leadership on this team, and the players are well aware of what is at stake.
“We really can’t be out here just trying to jeopardize what we want as a team,” Etienne said. “So, have to definitely make sacrifices for the team. At the end of the day, that’s how it is going to have to be.”