Texas State plays season opener with no tight ends due to coronavirus contact tracing

One of the many scenarios college football programs must navigate in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic is what happens if players are exposed to — but don't necessarily test positive for — coronavirus.

The first weekend with multiple Football Bowl Subdivision contests provided the blueprint of the answer to that question, as the Texas State Bobcats' tight end unit sat out the season opener against Southern Methodist on Saturday in accordance with contact tracing measures, per ESPN, which carried the game broadcast. 

Offensive linemen will rotate in to fill the holes left by the tight ends' absences.

According to the Bobcats' official roster, the team is carrying seven tight ends this season. 

Four Texas State players entered quarantine Thursday following the team's latest series of tests. 

Texas State is about to play SMU without any tight ends today due to contact tracing, per the ESPN broadcast. OL to play TE.

SMU's game scheduled for next week, against Texas Christian, has been canceled due to a series of positive tests among the Horned Frogs. 

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