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Arizona Football begins training camp without Kevin Sumlin

Posted at 11:30 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 02:30:05-04

TUCSON, Arizona — Arizona football began training camp without head coach Kevin Sumlin, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

"I've seen a lot of different things in my life, but no one has seen anything like 2020," Sumlin said.

Sumlin was able to watch virtually as coordinators Noel Mazzone and Paul Rhoads oversaw practice. Sophomore quarterback Grant Gunnell begins his first full season as the starter.

"We'd get going, and then we'd be shut off for a week," Gunnell reflected. "We'd get going again and the season was canceled. We're going again and I hope it sticks."

"Half my family is in the south, so they've gone through hurricanes," said Sumlin who hopes to be back at practice on Monday. "So, you've got fires, hurricanes, online learning, a pandemic. You don't know if you're going to able to play your sport. You've got guys who are sick. Mentally, it's been very stressful."

Sumlin says he has been asymptomatic since testing positive this past Monday. The Wildcats open their shortened season Novemberr 7th at Utah.