Players Reinstated After Further Testing; Smith Says Beavers Looking Good

Players Reinstated After Further Testing

The Oregon Ducks returned to practice yesterday after a break to observe COVID-19 protocols.  On Saturday 5 players had tested positive for coronavirus, but further tests on Monday concluded that those tests were all false positives.  The Ducks had to cancel a scrimmage that was planned for Saturday after the initial tests came back.  Coach Mario Cristobal said it was tough having to wait on the results from the PCR tests, but they followed the guidelines laid out by the state, county, and the schools medical staff.

“Everything was followed to the T and that’s what we did and of course sometime it makes you a little bit impatient, you want to get going right away, but it took about a day or so and it was done and we were able to resume our practices like we normally do.”

Cristobal says that even with this setback, he thinks the Ducks are going to be ready for the opener on November 7th.

Smith Says Beavers Looking Good

Oregon State Beavers Head Coach Jonathan Smith spoke to reporters after their Saturday scrimmage.  He says the team is playing clean football and he likes the distribution of the ball by the offense, and the defense is also playing well and getting some good stops.  Smith says he thinks the team can do a little better tackling, but overall the workouts have been good.  The Beavers hit the field against the Washington state Cougars in the evening on November 7th.