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Five Auburn starters sitting out amid new COVID cases

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

With two weeks until Kentucky vs. Auburn, COVID-19 continues to impact both squads, particularly the Tigers.

Following Auburn’s third scrimmage this afternoon, head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters that two more players had tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing, which will sideline ten total players due to the close contact. Of those ten, Malzahn said five are starters. Auburn’s protocols call for players to quarantine for at least 17 days following a positive COVID-19 test, including a 10-day isolation period and 7-day re-acclimation period before being cleared to return to action. Players who were in close contact with a positive case must quarantine for two weeks. Malzahn did not disclose the names or position groups, but admitted he is concerned as the clock ticks down to the season opener vs. Kentucky.

“The issue is that we’re two weeks away from our first opponent,” Malzahn said, via “And we’re going to really focus on our gameplan. If you don’t have those guys for the gameplan, you get them the week of the game, I mean, it’s just reps, preparation reps that’s a challenge…. We talked about it before. And it’s a learning experience. And if it happens in the season, you’ve just got to adjust.”

Meanwhile, if you missed Roush’s article earlier, Mark Stoops said after today’s scrimmage that a few of his position groups have been impacted by the coronavirus and subsequent contact tracing.

“It is an issue. I wouldn’t say it’s been a major issue for us to this point. I did have to alter portions of the scrimmage today because of that, but we still got a lot of good work in and got the players the necessary work. It definitely is different having to manage that.”

Stoops didn’t give out numbers, but we know that six players reported to campus with antibodies back in June and three players tested positive for the virus the week classes began on campus.

Instead of crossing my fingers until kickoff, I’ll be washing my hands and wearing my mask.

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12 Comments for Five Auburn starters sitting out amid new COVID cases

  1. CJKAssassin123
    6:22 pm September 12, 2020 Permalink

    Will the game even happen? Maybe the Big 10 Commissioner is smarter than all of us? However he and the Big 10 committee of School member Presidents are going to cave to the Players and thier parents demands and let them play. So parents of big ten Football players should not have the right or the ability to blame anyone for thier student athlete dying as a result to Covid-19 other than themselves. The Big Ten Commissioner had a plan in place that would of prevented students from contracting and possibly dying from the virusby canceling the fall season in favor of a possible shorter season in the Spring. By forcing the Big Ten’s hand to play in the fall, the Parents of Big ten players are revealing to the world that they are bad pearents who honestly care more about spooning off of there sons once/ if they reach the NFL rather than their sons overall well-being.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    6:32 pm September 12, 2020 Permalink

    Thats why any wins teams pretty much get this season you have to look at it with an asterick . Just being real teams will have advantages week to week against each other due to rosters not being at full capacity especially when starters are missing.

    • dcforuk
      12:04 am September 13, 2020 Permalink

      If you are going to asterisk the wins you’ve got to asterisk the losses, too.

  3. BallDontLie
    6:34 pm September 12, 2020 Permalink

    This whole charade is embarrassing at this point. This is just going to keep happening. None of the college conferences should have ever started in the first place.

  4. Section233
    5:22 am September 13, 2020 Permalink

    Pretty sure we’ve seen college ball games played already and they didn’t die. Pretty sure my kids have been in school all year now and only one kid got sick and came back to school just fine a week later. Stop the CNN bs and get back to educating the kids and let them play. Do you go to Kroger? – is that one way exit they created really saving lives. Please…it’s common sense if you’re sick stay home and don’t cough on the offensive line so the Cats can win SEC East. Simple right.

  5. Section233
    5:25 am September 13, 2020 Permalink

    Oh but you can only go to the game if you’ve donated $10k every year or have a suite. Don’t park you’re RV or drop a tail gate before the game.

  6. bcmcneil
    9:08 am September 13, 2020 Permalink

    Come on guys… The symptoms and death rate for young people under the age of 23 is extremely low and asymptomatic in most cases. You guys are way over blowing this virus as it relates to young people. No college football player has been hospitalized or is going to die from COVID-19. Get a grip…