'Most' of team has already contracted COVID-19, LSU coach says

  • 'Most' of team has already contracted COVID-19, LSU coach says

'Most' of team has already contracted COVID-19, LSU coach says

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron says he believes most of his players have already contracted the coronavirus, and he is hopeful that means they will be immune to it going forward.

"I think most, not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it", Orgeron said, according to Brooks Kubina of The Advocate.

"Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it", he said, via ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

"Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it", Orgeron told reporters.

"Hopefully that once you catch it, you don't get it again", he continued, noting, "I'm not a doctor".

However, later in the interview while sharing how the team has to make adjustments due to the virus, he shared more information. Sports Illustrated reported in June that 30 LSU players were in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

In other LSU defensive line news, Orgeron confirmed Tuesday that reserve defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins has opted out of the season.

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.

Getting him back would be significant. "If not, like any member of our family, we'll take him back".

Unclear how many active cases there are in the program right now - or if the virus will affect the team's next matchup against Mississippi State on September 26.