San Diego State has owned the Mountain West for the past two seasons (22-6 with two bowl wins), but their quest to run it back for a third year in a row might be a little tougher without Donnel Pumphrey… and a reported chickenpox outbreak that has infected three players.
“I’m afraid that it might not be just three of them,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said after Saturday night’s scrimmage. “The team’s been together for a whole week now.
“It’s dramatic if we lose a few more. … What if it hits 10 other ones?”
The three players with chickenpox are junior offensive lineman Ryan Pope and senior linebackers Tyler Morris and Temerick Harper. Pope is a starter at right tackle, Morris and Harper are backup linebackers, but both play extensively on special teams.
“Tyler Morris was the first one to get it,” Long said. “Temerick Harper sits right next to him in meetings and Pope is Temerick Harper’s roommate.
“(Senior safety) Trey Lomax is Tyler Morris’ roommate, but Trey had it when he was a little kid.”
So three players isn’t terrible, but Kenney notes the next few days will be important to determine if this is more than just a minor outbreak.
SDSU opens up their season on Sep. 2 against UC Davis.