For the second time in three weeks, the opposing team facing Oregon Football may be without their starting quarterback.
The UCLA Football team is among the latest in college football to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Several players, including Quarterback Darian Thompson-Robinson, were still awaiting word they could play on Thursday. A positive test put teammates in quarantine through contact tracing.
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UCLA is expected to have enough scholarship players available on Saturday. One game has already been canceled for the weekend. Washington State will not visit Stanford for their Pac-12 matchup. Washington State Quarterback Jayden de Laura tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. It was announced by the Pac-12 that the game would not be rescheduled.
The Bruins are 1-1 this season and are coming off a solid win over the California Golden Bears from last Sunday. Thompson-Robinson did not speak with the media on Wednesday as usual. Last week vs Cal he was impressive throwing for close to 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. If he is not able to go, UCLA will have a new look under center.
The Bruins have two backups, both have not thrown a pass at the college level.
Chase Griffin is the likely player to fill the role. He came in for mop-up duty in the win over Cal last weekend and is likely the most game-ready. Griffin was the Gatorade Texas high school player of the year before joining the Bruins. He threw for over 4000 yards and 51 touchdowns.
UCLA’s most highly touted backup QB is a converted wideout for now. Colson Yankoff made the switch in an effort to get more playing time early in his career with Robinson firmly entrenched at Quarterback. He is not likely to change positions for this game.
Oregon Football and UCLA will meet at Autzen Stadium on Saturday Kickoff is set for 12:30 pm Pacific Time on ESPN2.