By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Senior LSU defensive lineman Neil Farrell, has opted out of the 2020 season due to health
concerns with coronavirus reported by Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. Farrell's family has apparently been personally affected by COVID-19. He plans to sit out the season with a redshirt, and plans to return to the team in 2021. “I’m focusing on my family right now,” Farrell said. The 6'-4", 319-lbs Farrell was a huge contributor to the Tigers' national champion run last season, totaling 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was projected to start at defensive end or tackle this season, a position that LSU finds itself deep at.
The NCAA has passed legislation allowing athletes to opt out of the 2020 season but remain on scholarship. Also universities or their insurers must pay any medical costs associated with COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment.
So far Coach Orgeron feels like the program has done a good job with its safety protocols, mentioning that when the team is practicing they are wearing mask and the coaching staff are wearing mask in the office. The Tigers are scheduled to begin practice for the season on August 17th.