LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that most of his team has entered into COVID-19.
“Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught on,” Orgeron told reporters. “I think they hope not to get it again, and hopefully they are not out to play.”
Asked for further clarification, Orgeron said he did not know the exact percentage of players who have had coronavirus.
“Hopefully you will not get it again once you are caught,” he said. “I am not a doctor. I think they have the 90-day window so most of the players who have caught it feel we’re as if they are qualified for games. “
Per SEC protocols, players who have entered into COVID-1
LSU, like many programs in the SEC and nationally, has not provided regular reports on the number of players who have contracted the new coronavirus.
Two weeks ago, Orgeron said that everything except 2-3 offensive lineman missed practice due to testing.
“You have to make adjustments,” he said.
Orgeron’s comments come on the heels of Texas Tech, which self-reports five more cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the team’s total number of positive cases to 75 since players returned to campus in June.
Orgeron also reported that reserve DL Nelson Jenkins has opted out and is not with the football team, adding that it has been at least two weeks since the coach and player have spoken.
Another defensive lineman, Neil Farrell Jr., picked back in the season this week, and Orgeron said he has heard rumbling that defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin might also consider returning.
Shelvin, a possible first-round pick, opted out last month.
“We’ll take him back and we want him back,” Orgeron said. “If he does not come back, then we wish him the best. If not, like any member of our family, we will take him back.”
LSU, who also lost wide Ja’Marr Chase and defensive back Kary Vincent to opt out, open the season at home against Mississippi State on September 26th.