It has been a pre season camp that Upper Iowa football coach Tom Shea hopes he never has to experience, again. The Peacocks have had several key players injured in non contact drills and a dozen players are being treated for a staph infection leading up to Saturday’s opener at home against Minnesota-Moorhead.

“Right now we’ve got 12 players who are getting medical treatment for the infection, getting antibiotics and things for it,” Shea says. “It all came on at once and I’ve never seen it before and it’s been tough.”

Shea says school officials are taking precautions to stop the spread by sanitizing everything and are looking at sanitizing the field too. He says some of the younger kids will have to step up and make a contribution for those who are out.