Powering by way of pushups, sit-ups and body weight squats in his household’s Oxford yard, his pocket-sized speaker blaring musical gasoline, isn’t how Okay.J. Britt imagined spending his spring.
Then once more, none of us are spending spring 2020 like we anticipated to.
The COVID-19 pandemic “is actual,” Auburn’s first-team All-SEC linebacker stated. ”It is rather severe, however, on the identical time, you’ve obtained to ensure you’re proper with the person upstairs, and just remember to’re doing every little thing proper that you simply’ve obtained to do to just remember to are usually not affected.”
Britt, a rising senior, and Auburn sophomore quarterback Bo Nix spoke to reporters on a convention name Thursday.
Britt made a reputation for himself with highlight-reel hits throughout his 4 years at Oxford. He was a first-team Alabama Sports activities Writers Affiliation all-state choose in 2015 and 2016.
Had this been a standard spring, he and his Auburn teammates could be reaching the top of spring observe. Auburn’s A-Day sport was scheduled for Saturday.
Rely A-Day as one in all many wanted cancelations amid COVID-19 social-distancing precautions. Auburn college students are ending the spring semester on-line.
Athletes are ending with out face-to-face entry to the academic-support machine main applications can afford. Not that Britt wants it. He was a Nationwide Honor Society pupil at Oxford.
“I’m doing rather well in courses,” he stated.
Britt is dwelling, rising about eight a.m. each morning for courses, lunch, exercises, homework then “simply chilling with the fam.”
Like his teammates, he’s doing what he can to remain in form, regardless of health amenities staying padlocked.
He does what he known as “actual quarantine” exercises. It’s not preferrred, particularly for a rising star on the most important faculty stage, looking for to construct onto his breakthrough junior yr.
There’s solely a lot he can do with pushups, situps and bounce ropes. Physique-weight squats don’t precisely really feel the identical for an elite athlete who usually squats greater than 1 / 4 of a ton on bar weights.
His objectives are real looking.
“I’m simply making an attempt to ensure that I actually don’t lose something,” he stated. “That’s my primary factor. I’m making an attempt to ensure that I acquire every little thing, however there’s solely a lot I can do.”
Britt additionally doesn’t have the each day face-to-face contact with teammates. Accountability is self-generated.
“There’s actually no true accountability,” he stated. “Everyone simply does what they’ve obtained to do. We’re grown males on this day.”
Britt thought of speak of canceling the 2020 season “above my pay grade.” Requested whether or not he or his household is aware of anybody contaminated with COVID-19, he steered away from the query.
“I’m not going to go that far, as a result of I don’t know if anyone needs that out,” he stated.
He stated he sees positives in spending surprising time with household, together with brother and exercise companion Keenan.
“It’s OK, proper now, to be egocentric along with your actions,” he stated. “Proper now, I’m form of being egocentric simply not being round lots of people, simply being round my household, being round folks I have to be round.
“But it surely’s loopy, although. It truly is, not residing the conventional day-to-day life that I reside and simply coming dwelling and waking up, having to do courses on-line, doing little exercises that you are able to do and doing what you are able to do is totally different. It’s actually totally different.”