Malzahn said the Tigers have had “very few” players who have shown “major symptoms”.
“We learn as we go here,” he said of fighting the coronavirus as a team. “Every day and every week is a challenge. “
Auburn called off two practices and a scrum last week. Malzahn said the team did not meddle on Saturday because the players needed a weekend after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., Earlier in the week.
Without going into details, Malzahn said two groups of positions were particularly affected by COVID-19 testing, to the point where staff did not feel comfortable following full practices.
Auburn protocols require at least 17 days before a player can return from a positive COVID-19 test, including a 10-day quarantine and a seven-day readmission period before being completely wiped out.
With four weeks to go until the end of the week scheduled for the start of the season, Malzahn said there was a sense of urgency.
“But the main thing is the health and safety of our players,” he said.
Malzahn, who has emphasized the ability to adapt on the fly this season, was asked about the team’s goals this week.
“To practice,” he said in a neutral tone.
Auburn is scheduled to open the season on September 26 at home against Kentucky.