The 2020 college football season has presented new challenges than ever before.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the college football world into a hiatus with multiple schedule changes, player opt outs, continuous testing, and sudden cancellations. The issues with systemic racism and social injustice gave the players a platform to speak out against these issues and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
It can be a strain both mentally and physically.
But now, the Oregon Ducks and the rest of the Pac-12 are just days away from finally taking the field on a Saturday where Dede Lenoir will be relaying a powerful message.
This season, the jersey No. 0 was made available for the players to wear. The Oregon senior cornerback, who started at No. 15, then moved to No. 6, will now be wearing No. 0 in his final season in Eugene, Oregon.
For Lenoir, this number will represent a powerful message these next seven games:
“I came to the decision, with all the stuff going on in the world with racism, so I just took it as zero tolerance for racism,” said Lenoir.
Lenoir isn’t the only Duck to take a stand this year on social justice issues.
Jevon Holland, who decided to opt out this season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, led a campaign to rename one of the halls on the University of Oregon campus:
Head coach Mario Cristobal has always been supportive of his players and using their platforms to create change. Cristobal even attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Eugene back in May.
On Saturday when the Ducks host the Stanford Cardinal to open up Pac-12 play, Lenior's message will be heard.