Coronavirus Has Hit the Face of College Football
Not even Trevor Lawrence can play through COVID-19
Because of his play and his voice, Trevor Lawrence is the face of college football. Heck, he’s the face of the entire NCAA operation this season. There is no bigger or more important star, no young sports leader handling every facet of this traumatic year better than the Clemson quarterback.
Yet he is no match for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He’s just the latest high-profile victim of it. Lawrence and Clemson announced Thursday night that he had tested positive for the virus. In the middle of a Heisman Trophy campaign and national championship hunt, Lawrence will be in isolation for at least 10 days. He will miss No. 1 Clemson’s game against Boston College on Saturday and attempt to recover without complication in time for a showdown at Notre Dame on Nov. 7.
Even with flawless recuperation, Lawrence faces dubious prospects of satisfying all the protocols to be ready for Notre Dame, and that’s before considering whether he’ll be able to practice beforehand. Lawrence was the surest thing in college football — an entity burdened currently by hypocrisy, bad optics and a lack of uniformity — but now he symbolizes the doubt that engulfs the sport.
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