Trevor Lawrence, the star quarterback at top-ranked Clemson and a number one contender for the Heisman Trophy, has examined constructive for coronavirus, the college stated Thursday night time.
Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney stated in an announcement that Lawrence was “doing properly with gentle signs” however that he would miss Saturday’s house sport in opposition to Boston Faculty. Maybe extra crucially for the race towards the Faculty Soccer Playoff, Swinney didn’t say when Lawrence had examined constructive or when he had developed signs — distinctions that would decide whether or not he can be eligible to play at No. 4 Notre Dame on Nov. 7.
“Whereas we definitely will miss Trevor, this is a chance for different guys to step up and we’re enthusiastic about competing in opposition to an excellent B.C. group on Saturday,” Swinney stated.
In a publish on Twitter late Thursday, Lawrence stated that his signs had been “comparatively gentle” and that “the one factor that hurts is lacking a chance to be with my teammates this weekend and play the sport I like.”
Surrounded by formidable skills like Travis Etienne, a tailback, and Amari Rodgers, a large receiver, Lawrence has been among the many most electrifying sign callers in faculty soccer lately. He handed for greater than 3,600 yards final season, when he steered Clemson again to the national championship game a yr after it had received the title.
And just some months in the past, he was a number one determine within the #WeWantToPlay movement that urged faculty sports activities executives to mount a soccer season in the course of the pandemic. In a nod at Lawrence’s fame, President Trump later spoke with the quarterback, a junior who may very well be among the many most coveted gamers in subsequent yr’s N.F.L. draft.
Though Clemson (6-0) will stay favored in opposition to Boston Faculty (4-2) on Saturday, its prospects at Notre Dame (5-0) will likely be diminished if Lawrence continues to be unavailable.
Underneath the medical protocols for the Atlantic Coast Convention, of which Clemson is a member, a participant who checks constructive for the virus is required to isolate for at the very least 10 days.
“A student-athlete’s medical remedy will likely be decided by institutional medical workers, and be thought-about unavailable for coaching, group/group actions or sport play till the student-athlete has each accomplished crucial isolation and had a medical clearance by group physicians,” the league’s medical coverage says.
Final Friday, when Clemson’s athletic division most not too long ago launched information about its coronavirus testing, the college in Clemson, S.C., stated seven of its student-athletes had examined constructive over the earlier week. Now, given Lawrence’s consequence, at the very least 138 Clemson student-athletes have examined constructive since June 1.
The announcement from Swinney was simply the most recent troubling information in a turbulent faculty soccer season marked by conferences’ shifting their selections about whether or not to proceed and, since late August, the postponement or cancellation of greater than three dozen video games involving Soccer Bowl Subdivision groups.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin canceled its game at Nebraska after at the very least 12 individuals, together with six gamers and Coach Paul Chryst, examined constructive for the virus. (The college stated Thursday that three extra individuals related to the soccer program had since examined constructive, and it remained unclear whether or not the Badgers’ subsequent sport, a Nov. 7 matchup with Purdue, would occur.)
Simply over two weeks in the past, Alabama, one in all Clemson’s most acquainted foes on the game’s greatest phases, stated that Coach Nick Saban had tested positive. Inside a couple of days, Alabama’s medical workers decided that Saban’s consequence had been a false constructive and, beneath a latest Southeastern Convention coverage, allowed him to exit isolation early and coach a sport in opposition to Georgia.
The A.C.C. has no such protocol.