For the first time this season, the Virginia Cavaliers have members of the football program out as a result of the coronavirus. Eight total people will be unavailable for tonight’s match up with No. 1 Clemson.
“A total of seven Virginia Football student-athletes are currently unavailable for competition following COVID-19 testing this week,” the official statement from Virginia stated. “The seven student-athletes are currently in isolation or quarantine. In addition, one full-time coach tested positive and is in isolation.”
Up to this point, Virginia has had a lot of success with keeping the highly contagious virus at bay. The Cavaliers have had just three positives within the football program since the team returned to Charlottesville in early July, and all three of those cases were brought back to UVA with players. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall has been proud of his team’s efforts when speaking with media over the past couple weeks, but made it clear that he understood that the situation was precarious and could change in an instant.
All eight members will have to self-isolate for at least 10 days, meaning they could also be unavailable for Virginia’s October 10 game against NC State depending on when they tested positive. The Hoos had two games — VMI and Virginia Tech — canceled or postponed as their opponents called off their seasons or dealt with an outbreak.
Check out the full release below:
Virginia Football COVID-19 Update pic.twitter.com/IpcfLzEvc3— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) October 3, 2020
There are no updates to the depth chart at this time, and we wish those affected a speedy recovery.
Virginia and Clemson kick off at 8pm on the ACC Network.