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Auburn could be back at full strength for Kentucky

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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11 Comments for Auburn could be back at full strength for Kentucky

  1. BBN4LIFE03
    4:03 pm September 18, 2020 Permalink

    Good, if we beat them they won’t have an excuse to fall back on

  2. UKinIN
    4:22 pm September 18, 2020 Permalink

    There was never any doubt.

  3. Bluehender
    4:27 pm September 18, 2020 Permalink

    Wouldn’t want it any other way..

  4. runningunnin.454
    4:49 pm September 18, 2020 Permalink

    Well, you misspelled it; it’s AUBUM!

  5. bigbluebg
    5:14 pm September 18, 2020 Permalink

    As long as we’re at full strength.

    And guys, guys, guys your forgetting they can always make up stupid excuses…and I can see it now:

    We didn’t get to install our __ insert football jargon __ offense because we were missing guys due to covid OR we didn’t get to cover this defense that would have stopped KY on these plays because guys were out due to covid…there will be excuses when the cats come into an SEC big boys house and beats them. You can always bank on that.

    The excuses are music to my ears…you can almost taste their tears.

    I cannot wait for this game. LETS GO

  6. CahillsCrossingNT
    1:13 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

    Auburn only needs to be at 50% to win. It’s a mismatch.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:51 pm September 19, 2020 Permalink

      Yawn. Whining little b!+(h looks ugly on you.

  7. BigBluSoTru
    9:43 am September 20, 2020 Permalink

    What are the position grioups that re being hit ?