LSU coach Ed Orgeron -- 'Most' of team has contracted coronavirus

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU defensive lineman Neil Farrell has rejoined the team after initially opting out more than a month ago, but his readiness for the season opener against Mississippi State on September 26 remains to be seen, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday.

"Not all of our players but most of our players have caught it", Orgeron told reporters. "Hopefully once you catch it, you don't get it again", Orgeron said.

When asked for further clarification, Orgeron said he did not have an exact tally of players who have had COVID-19.

"He's got to earn his way back, " Orgeron said.

"I think most - not all of our players - but most of our players have caught it", Orgeron said Tuesday during a teleconference.

Players who test positive for the coronavirus don't have to be tested again for 90 days.

Orgeron says just two weeks ago, most of his offensive line was decimated by the coronavirus.

College football players from other teams have also tested positive for Covid-19, with a total of 75 Texas Tech players testing positive since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a Monday report. (College football players are not paid.) Also, testing protocols are less stringent than they are in the pros.

Another defensive lineman, Neil Farrell Jr., opted back into the season this week, and Orgeron said he's been hearing rumblings that defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin might be considering a return as well. Orgeron said he has spoken to Shelvin's family, but has not had direct contact with the possible first-round pick.

"We look at the players that haven't caught it", he said. "We'd take him back obviously and we want him back".

But the 6-foot-4 and 319-pound Farrell's readiness for the season opener against Mississippi State on September 26 remains to be seen.

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