An inside look at UCF football's first spring practice 5

UCF running backs and wide receivers warm up for a drill at UCF football's first spring practice Friday morning. 

 

Three UCF football players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus on June 1, UCF said in a Tuesday press release.

At the start of the month, 60 football players were tested as a part of the return this month for voluntary workouts.

The three individuals who tested positive have been in isolation for two weeks and are being monitored daily via wellness checks, according to the press release.

UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said in the press release that they will continue working with their medical processes.

“Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes,” said White. “We will do everything necessary to support the student-athletes under our care on campus.”

The Florida Department of Health is providing additional direction and following up with the individuals with whom the positive student-athletes have come in direct contact; they’re being traced and notified.

The three individuals will not participate in any UCF workouts until the quarantine period expires and they test negative when re-tested, UCF said.

During the “Return to UCF Conversation," a virtual forum held by university leaders on Wednesday via Zoom, an attendee asked how the coronavirus pandemic impact the upcoming football season.

President Alexander N. Cartwright said he was hoping White was in attendance to answer questions but said it’s complicated because it involves different entities.

“It’s us, University of Central Florida, but it’s also the AAC and NCAA,” Cartwright said. “We need to work with all of those entities to think about what then does the fall look like.”

A decision hasn’t been made concerning what the season is going to look like, Cartwright said during the forum. The only decision that has been made was to allow some student athletes to return this week and to allow additional ones to return next week or the week after.

Cartwright said he is unsure how COVID-19 is going to impact the football season but that they’re moving forward as if they’ll be playing in the fall season.

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