Louisiana State University football coach Ed Orgeron revealed on Tuesday that “most” of the team had already caught the novel coronavirus.
“I think most – not all of our players – but most of our players caught it,” Orgeron said on a conference call Tuesday. “So I think hopefully they won’t catch up to him and hopefully they won’t be out for the games. “
“I’m not going to say them all,” he continued when asked for clarification. “But some players caught it. I don’t know the percentage. Hope once you catch it you won’t get it again. ”
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Orgeron said the team currently had “about three or four guys” who had the virus and a few players were in quarantine – although he did not specify an exact number.
He added that all but two or three offensive linemen missed practice because of testing two weeks ago.
“We were probably better off than we all were at camp right now, obviously we have to be very careful,” said Orgeron. “Our guys are feeling good. ”
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The university began reporting positive global coronavirus on August 15, when students started returning to campus. Since then, the school has confirmed more than 750 cases of COVID-19, including 50 positive cases from September 11 to September 13.
Sports Illustrated reported earlier this summer that at least 30 team members had been isolated because they had tested positive for COVID-19 or had been in contact with at least one infected person.
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The nation’s fifth-ranked Tigers are aiming to defend their title when they open the season on September 26 at home against Mississippi State.