TUCSON (KVOA) - The Pac-12 football season is starting up soon, and Arizona quarterback Kevin Gunnell talked football and the coronavirus. The UArizona football team continues preparations for the season opener on November 7, against Utah. COVID-19 precautions continue to be in place.
Gunnell talked about his involvement in a letter written in September to California Governor Gavin Newsom about USC and other schools, hoping the state would loosen health guidelines to allow the Pac-12 to play football.
The sophomore quarterback said, "I'm not sure how much an impact it made, but, I think it was a little bit of an impact." Gunnell added, "Me and a bunch of other players met, we talked it over and we want to support them and get them out there because, without them, we aren't playing here."
A bulk of the conference teams are from California.
"Honestly, we support them as much as they support us," said Gunnell, "We need them to play this year." A few weeks after Gunnell was involved in the letter, the COVID-19 reality infected the campus of UArizona, with coach Kevin Sumlin along with scores of students testing positive for coronavirus.
Gunnell said, "We saw that he got COVID, it was kind of like, 'okay, we need to take this really seriously. Anybody can get this, including our head coach''".
Practice and COVID-19 precautions continue at UArizona football preseason drills.