Many UCLA players, including junior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, are waiting to see if they can play No. 11 in Oregon on Saturday after at least one positive COVID-19 test quarantined their teammates by tracking contacts.
The uncertainty facing Bruins was confirmed Thursday night by two people close to the team, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to concerns about privacy. A UCLA spokesman did not comment on the presence of players, citing school policy.
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All positive tests require two follow-up tests to confirm through more complex and sensitive tests, and it was not clear when these results would be available. The team initially tested positive during training camp before subsequent tests showed it to be false positive. Another player’s positive test was confirmed earlier this month and he was forced to miss the first two games of the season.
Bruins (1-1) is expected to have enough fellows available to play the Ducks (2-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, regardless of the expected test results, said a person close to the situation. All players who have been close contacts to someone with confirmed positive results will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Thompson-Robinson did not speak to reporters as usual on Wednesday, as a school spokesman told reporters at the time that he had a conflict with shifting the weightlifting team’s schedule.
If Thompson-Robinson hadn’t been able to play the ducks, that would have left Bruins with a starting quarterback who hadn’t thrown a college-level pass. Redshirt freshman Chase Griffin replaced Thompson-Robinson in the final minutes of the Bruins’ 34:10 victory over California on Sunday at the Rose Bowl, mostly passing the ball and running for a yard in his only wear.
Griffin is a former Gatorade High School player in Texas of the year who threw 4,051 yards and 51 touchdowns as a senior, but concerns about his size have led him to be slightly recruited by major college programs. He is listed at 5 feet 11 and 184 pounds on the Bruins list.
Unsurprisingly, the other candidate for Thompson-Robinson’s replacement will be first-grader in red shirts Chase Artopoeus, walking.
UCLA’s best-known reserve quarterback, Colson Jankoff, has moved to the wide receiver at training camp in an attempt to gain time to play with Thompson-Robinson, a well-established starter. At the time, coach Chip Kelly said Jankoff, a former promising four-star high school student who spent his first college season in Washington, would not share his practice and training time with the quarterbacks because it would reduce his desire to become a broad successor. .
The most experienced returning quarterback in the Pac-12 conference, Thompson-Robinson presented impressive statistics in his first two games of the season, continuing to fight for speed. He lost a mess and received a pass caught during the opening season of the Bruins 48-42 by Colorado, compensating for 412 yards of total foul.
Thompson-Robinson also had a pass caught on Sunday against Cal, but finished the game with 196 yards passing and a touchdown with 52 yards in a hurry and a touchdown.
For the season, Thompson-Robinson made 34 of 66 assists with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Thompson-Robinson turned 21 last weekend and said his mother and girlfriend flew out of town as part of a birthday party before UCLA played Cal.
“I was happy to spend my birthday with them,” Thompson-Robinson said Sunday. “I had a couple of teammates come to my apartment and we celebrated on Friday, we got together a little bit.”