At the end of his weekly press conference earlier today, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown announced that two players on the WVU football team have tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’ve got two guys that are true freshmen, walk-on players that are out right now,” Brown said. “They’re the only positive COVID cases we have in our program.”
Brown also said that true freshman defensive end Sean Martin did not play in Saturday’s opener against Eastern Kentucky due to contact tracing.
“Sean missed the game due to contact tracing,” Brown explained. “He’s well, he’s fine but he missed the game. He’s a guy that we wanted to play but he was out.”
Brown said Martin, a Bluefield, WV native, would have played had he been available.
“He really had his best week of practice until he was out,” Brown said. “He was a guy that was definitely going to play but still really, really excited about him. I like his makeup, how he’s worked since he’s been here. He’s going to be a real bright spot for us.”
The WVU athletic department has not released COVID-19 testing updates since July, although the University has been releasing testing results for the entire campus. Per the University’s report, 103 students and one faculty/staff member tested positive for COVID-19 between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13. From July 20 -Sept. 13, WVU has reported 477 positive cases.