Lincoln Riley reveals one position group at Oklahoma 'nearly wiped out' by COVID
Outside of Vanderbilt, SEC teams have fared pretty well with a lack of a positive COVID-19 tests on their rosters. The same can’t be said at Oklahoma, which coach Lincoln Riley revealed today had one position group hit hard.
Jason Kersey of The Athletic tweeted that Riley revealed that, “he had one group essentially wiped out — all but one — by a COVID test. He said it’s a position group that needs “multiple” guys on the field together.”
About 10 days ago, 9 Oklahoma football players tested positive for COVID-19 after they returned from a break in preseason camp. The Sooners temporarily paused preseason practices because of schedule changes.
After the initial testing in July, the program had just one positive result until mid-August. The two rounds of tests then revealed one positive in 205 tests.
There have been questions around college football about programs splitting up position groups in dorms and apartments for this very concern. Fortunately for Oklahoma, the Sooners don’t have their first game until Sept. 12 against Missouri State, and then their second game isn’t until Sept. 26 against Kansas State.
Riley is entering his fourth season with a 36-6 record, 3 Big 12 championships and 3 appearances in the College Football Playoff. He recently signed a contract extension through 2025 worth more than $7.5 million that was negotiated before the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sooners are coming off a fifth straight Big 12 title and a fourth CFP appearance in five years, and are ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP poll.