TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The University of Arizona football season is getting closer and closer and Wildcats first-year head coach Jedd Fisch can’t wait to bring the experience to life energy from the game at Arizona Stadium.
âMy plan is to do anything for Zona Zoo that I am humanly allowed to do, to make it the best experience for our students,â said Fisch.
That’s a total of 180 compared to last year, when the student section and the entire stadium were empty due to the pandemic.
While the students aren’t back on campus just yet, Arizona quarterback Will Plummer says excitement among the students is already swirling.
âSome of my buddies that I went to school with and who are in fraternities are amplified and ready to come to the games,â Plummer said.
But, as the season draws closer and cases of COVID-19 in Arizona and across the country increase, Coach Fisch is confident his team is doing whatever they need to stay healthy.
âWe’re at an extremely high vaccination rate, I believe we were at 115 out of 118,â Fisch said.
He says that, coupled with the vaccination of all coaching staff, gives the Wildcats a competitive edge.
âWe shouldn’t miss any time as a football team because of COVID,â Fisch said. “If someone tests positive, the rest of the team does not have to quarantine because they are vaccinated.”
The three unvaccinated players must follow a different set of safety protocols put in place by the medics on the PAC 12 and Wildcat teams.
“Unvaccinated players indoors will wear masks, they have to go through testing protocols that vaccinated players don’t have to, and they have to go through certain quarantine rules,” Fisch said. âThey can’t test in the same way as vaccinated players. “
Fisch hopes Arizona football’s vaccine status may soon reach 100%
âI think it will be an incredible message to the world and to the state of Arizona,â he said.
The Wildcats’ first game is on September 4 against BYU in Las Vegas.
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