COVID-19 infiltrated the sports world in a big way this week. It started with the cancellation of a Big 10 game between Nebraska and Wisconsin, then placed itself in the middle of the World Series as Justin Turner of the Dodgers tested positive and had to leave Game 6 in the eighth inning. Then on Thursday we learned that the biggest star in college football, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, is in quarantine after a positive test.
“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College. While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.”
This is monumental for a number of reasons. For one thing, Lawrence is the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy, and missing multiple games would no doubt put a damper on that. The rules in the Atlantic Coast Conference state that anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of 10 days before returning to practice. So depending on whether Lawrence shows symptoms, he may miss a huge showdown against No. 4 Notre Dame.
Lawrence is also almost certain to be the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft if he chooses to leave college after his junior season. He already has 21 touchdown passes through six games.