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The Illinois State University football team had its annual spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon. Head coach Brock Spack walks across the field at the start of the game Saturday afternoon.

According to Illinois State University Athletic Director Larry Lyons, an ISU Redbird football player has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as announced on Monday. The student-athlete has been moved into isolation in off-campus housing.

Lyons confirmed the news and assured that the athlete was "not living with any other student-athletes. He will isolate at home like a regular person.”

“We did 160 tests in three groups, 101 student-athletes and 59 coaches and support staff,” Lyons said. “We had one positive. It was an asymptomatic student-athlete, and that individual is isolated off campus," said Lyons.

The university began allowing student athletes participating in fall sports to return for voluntary workouts in mid-June. Before returning to campus, all athletes were tested for the virus before being allowed to participate in the workouts.

JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @jfogal5

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