The second scrimmage of fall camp was supposed to happen Saturday, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled practices as several Ducks tested positive.
Other programs have dealt with this pandemic. Alabama and Clemson had COVID-19 infections early on before the respective start of their seasons. Oregon has testing completed daily with their student-athletes. The five players were not named but were self-isolating and were asymptomatic. Oregon was set for a third scrimmage on Wednesday that may now be pushed back.
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For Oregon Football, there are plenty of battles to watch. On the offensive side, a revamped offensive line will look to protect Quarterback Tyler Shough who is the likely starter when the Ducks take the field against Stanford in a few weeks. Shough has been working with several Wide Receivers and has named Jaylon Redd and Johnny Johnson III as key faces of the offense for 2020.
The Oregon Defense also has some new faces in key spots, but they are faces that did see the field last year and gained key experience on the field. One player, Deommodore Lenoir opted out due to the pandemic but decided to opt back in for the 2020 season. He is a key returning starter at Cornerback for the Ducks. Oregon is looking to fill holes left by Thomas Graham Jr. and Brady Breeze.
With testing done daily, I don’t expect practice will be stopped for a very long period of time. Contact tracing is also being done which is part of in-place protocols.
As other schools around the country have been affected, schools in the Pac-12 have never been immune. Larry Scott, the Pac-12 Commissioner had COVID-19 in July and fully recovered. Arizona Head Coach Kevin Sumlin tested positive earlier this month.
Oregon Football will see their first game of the season hosting Stanford on November 7th. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Pacific Time on ABC.