With one week until kickoff, it looks like Auburn could be back at full strength vs. Kentucky.
The Tigers have been dealing with COVID issues all camp, but today, head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters that there have been no new cases this week, and the eight players remaining in quarantine are expected to be cleared for practice early next week. Last week, two players tested positive, leading to ten players quarantining, including five starters. Prior to that, nine players tested positive and 16 had to quarantine.
For now, the Tigers are clean, but next week, all players will have to be tested three times, including a rapid test close to game day. Same goes for Kentucky, who has had minor COVID issues impacting one position group.
“Nothing we can’t handle, but we’re getting hit with one position group,” Mark Stoops said on his radio show Monday. “It is under control, we could play a game if we had to tomorrow. When we’re scrimmaging. We’re doing good with our testing still, but it does affect you in other ways with contract tracing. Sometimes it’s actually longer with contact tracing than actually testing positive. We’re diligent in how we try to space them out. If you start having some positives and you’re not careful in how you set things up, it can certainly affect your team.”
Earlier today, the SEC announced its game cancellation/rescheduling policies, specifically, a 53-player game day roster minimum. If either team can’t meet that number due to COVID cases/contact tracing, they will have the option to reschedule or forfeit.