The Tennessee Volunteers are the latest college football program that has been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak while preparing for the 2020 season.
Gentry Estes of the Tennessean reported Saturday, despite having a whopping 44 players inactive due to either positive coronavirus test results or contact tracing protocols, the team continued to practice Saturday.
Tennessee had 44 players unable to practice today, Jeremy Pruitt just said.— Gentry Estes (@Gentry_Estes) September 5, 2020
Vols did have additional positive COVID tests, Pruitt said, but "the big issue for us has been the contact tracing."
Of those 44 players, 30 of those are offensive players with the wide receiver and offensive line groups hit hardest, per a report from Patrick Brown of 247sports.
While the team did practice Saturday, their plans for a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium were postponed, and the team had paused practice when their outbreak first started last week, per Brown’s report.
Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt noted the program has “seven or eight” active cases of COVID-19 within the program, with 28 players forced to quarantine while the team undergoes contract tracing and continues testing.
Tennessee is scheduled to kick off their season three weeks from Saturday on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The Kentucky Wildcats are scheduled to travel to Knoxville on Oct. 17.