Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference after the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Oklahoma’s Riley: One position group hit hard by COVID-19

Oklahoma is having issues with the coronavirus spreading through the team with its season-opening game just 18 days away.

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley told reporters Tuesday that COVID-19 has run rampant among one position, saying all but one player in that group has tested positive.

Jason Kersey, a reporter for The Athletic, said Riley wouldn’t reveal which unit was affected but did state that the position group is one where “multiple” players must be on the field together.

Oklahoma announced Monday night that six football players tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Five of the positives occurred on Aug. 17 and the other one happened last Thursday.

The revelation comes one week after nine Sooners tested positive for COVID-19.

Riley also declined to discuss a recent report by The Athletic that junior running back Kennedy Brooks elected to opt out of the 2020 season.

Brooks topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons and totaled 18 touchdowns on the ground. He had 1,056 rushing yards in 2018 and 1,011 last season.

Brooks’ name is not currently on the roster listed on the school website.

“With, kind of, our leadership group … their wish, and I totally agree with it, is we’re going to keep the focus here on our guys that are here,” Riley told reporters. “If they want to make any announcement or do anything, that’ll be up to the individual.”

Oklahoma is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 12 against visiting Missouri State.

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