Coach O: 'Most of Our Players' Have Already Caught Coronavirus

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that currently three or four members of the football team have COVID-19, but added that the team, overall, is healthy. 

“Not a lot of guys in quarantine,” he said. “We’re probably better off than we’ve been all camp, right now, going in to the season.

“Obviously, we have to be really careful but I think that Shelly and Mickey and Jack have done a tremendous job of keeping us on track and our guys feel good.” 

Orgeron added that he believed most of the team has caught the coronavirus already.

"Not all of our players but most of our players have caught it," Orgeron said. "I think that hopefully they won't catch it again and hopefully they're not out for games."

With the uncertainty surround the pandemic and the potential for players to be out, Orgeron said he’s stressed to the team the importance of safety off the field and being prepared on it.

“I told the team we need everybody,” he said. “There’s no telling what’s going to happen with the COVID. I think we’ve got a good handle of it but once a kid gets it the next man gotta go up.”

Orgeron said he felt the team has done a good job of adjusting to practicing during the pandemic so far.

“We’ve got to make adjustments,” he said. “Two weeks ago, everybody on our offensive line except two or three guys were out; we couldn’t go any team. We adjusted very well.”

The Tigers are currently set to open their 2020 SEC-only season Sept. 26 against Mississippi State in Tigers Stadium.

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