Asked later for further details, Orgeron said he did not know the exact percentage of players who had the coronavirus.
“I hope once you get it you don’t get it anymore,” he said. ” I am not a doctor. I think they have that 90 day window, so most of the players who have caught us feel like they’re going to be eligible games. ”
According to SEC protocols, players who contract COVID-19 do not have to be retested for 90 days.
LSU, like many SEC and nationwide programs, has not provided regular reports on the number of players who have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Two weeks ago, Orgeron said all but 2-3 offensive linemen missed practice because of testing.
“You have to make adjustments,” he says.
Orgeron’s comments come on the heels of Texas Tech self-reporting five more cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the team’s total positive cases to 75 since the players returned to campus in June.
Orgeron also reported that reserve DL Nelson Jenkins had stepped down and was not on the football squad, adding that it had been at least two weeks since the coach and the player spoke.
Another defensive lineman, Neil Farrell Jr., has chosen to return to the season this week, and Orgeron said he has heard rumors that defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin may also be considering a return.
Shelvin, a possible first-round pick, retired last month.
“We would take him back and we want him to come back,” Orgeron said. “If he doesn’t come back, we wish him the best. Otherwise, like any member of our family, we will take it back. ”
LSU, who also lost wide Ja’Marr Chase and defensive back Kary Vincent to retire, opens the season at home against Mississippi State on September 26.