Two weeks ago, prior to the start of fall camp, we learned that Vanderbilt linebacker Dimitri Moore, who was the team’s leading tackler in 2019, had opted out of playing football this season due to concerns about COVID-19.
Today, Moore went back on his previous opt-out, announcing via Instagram that he will, in fact, be playing for Vanderbilt this season:
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Who do you mask up for?.. After my grandfather's passing from COVID-19, I made a decision to opt-out of the upcoming football season. Since then, I have done more research and had many conversations with doctors and medical personnel. I look forward to returning to the program and playing this season, and I have made this decision on my own. As a team, we are responsible for our actions and hold each other accountable within our environment. I have trust and confidence in Vanderbilt's testing abilities and safety protocols.
Moore’s Instagram post sheds a little bit of light on his initial decision to opt out. His grandfather had passed away due to COVID-19, clearly hitting close to home and heightening his own concerns about the virus, but it appears that some reassurances from team doctors and other medical professionals led him to reconsider his decision.
Assuming that Vanderbilt has a football season, it will not be without its likely defensive leader. Moore’s return now means that the Commodores’ top 11 tacklers from 2019 will play for the team in 2020.