Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman Wisconsin quarterback who had a phenomenal performance against Illinois on Friday night, has tested positive for COVID, according to reports from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal.
This is an initial positive test, and now Mertz needs a second test to confirm whether it’s valid or a false positive a la Nick Saban. Per Big Ten protocols, if Mertz is confirmed positive, he will have to sit out for 21 days. In that time, Wisconsin plays Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan.
Here are the reports of the positive test:
Graham Mertz has tested positive for COVID-19, sources told the State Journal on Sunday. As with all positive tests that occur using the daily rapid antigen tests, Mertz will be taking a PCR nasal swab test in order to confirm his diagnosis. https://t.co/wb5vzXCV5s
— madison.com (@madisondotcom) October 25, 2020
Apologies for the delay in answering questions from #Badgers fans about Graham Mertz testing positive for COVID-19. Have been working on the story for much of the day but we wanted to be certain. One positive test. Has to have a second test to confirm.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 25, 2020
Prayers up that this was a false positive for Mertz.