COVID-19 issues sort of under control as Gophers prepare for Nebraska

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Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck met with reporters on Monday, as his team prepares for its first game since Nov. 20. The Gophers play at Nebraska Saturday. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

***Click the video box above to watch Fleck’s Monday news conference***

The Dec. 12 date will represent the latest regular-season game in the history of Minnesota football. The Gophers are 2-3, while Nebraska is 2-4.

Fleck noted that his team will be without up to 20 players, due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Gophers paused all team activities on Nov. 24 after 15 individuals (9 student-athletes; 6 staff members) tested positive for COVID-19 from Nov. 19-23. From Nov. 19-Dec. 3, Minnesota had 49 individuals (23 student-athletes; 26 staff members) test positive for COVID-19. In a return to football – and under guidance of medical experts – team members started light acclimatization workouts last Wednesday.

The team held a walkthrough on Saturday and practiced on Sunday.

Fleck also touched on the possibility of playing Wisconsin on Dec. 19, something he’d like to see happen.