Washington State athletic director Pat Chun says the school has nine football players in COVID-19 protocols and four players had to be put into the protocol Friday morning leading to the cancellation of the Cougars’ game at Stanford.
Chun said as of last weekend, the Cougars had zero players in their COVID protocols and the first positive test came early in the week. The four positives Friday morning kept the Cougars from reaching the Pac-12 mandate of 53 scholarship players available.
Chun said it was too early to know whether next Friday’s Apple Cup against rival Washington will be played as scheduled. He said figuring out the situation around the Apple Cup would begin Sunday.
“We’re going to get through tomorrow as planned and come Sunday we’ll start making our daily assessments about where our roster is at and where we’re at with everything related to trying to field a team on Friday,” Chun said.
WSU was going to be without Saint Louis graduate Jayden de Laura after he tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Spokesman-Review report late Friday evening.
It is unclear how much time de Laura will miss, but he could miss the Cougars’ annual rivalry game against Washington on Nov. 27 if he is placed in a 14-day quarantine.
Sports information director Bill Stevens declined to comment on the report Friday.
Redshirt sophomore Cammon Cooper and redshirt freshman Gunner Cruz are listed as backups to de Laura on the team’s depth chart. Neither has ever taken a snap in a game for the Cougars (1-1).
De Laura has thrown for four touchdowns and one interception and rushed for another touchdown in two starts this year. He is the first true freshman to start a season opener in program history.