Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham did not make the trip to Lynchburg, Virginia and will not play today against Liberty, according to Southern Miss officials.

No reason was given for Abraham’s absence, though the Golden Eagles have been ravaged in recent weeks with COVID-19 related absences from the team. Earlier this week, it was announced that Southern Miss interim head coach Scotty Walden would not make the trip this week as he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Southern Miss had to have their game last week at UTEP canceled due to an increase in positive COVID tests among the team.

Abraham is in his third season as starting quarterback for Southern Miss, beginning in 2018 where he finished the year completing 73.1% of his 305 passes, as he led the nation in completion percentage and was No. 4 in completions per game. Last season was more of the same for Abraham, who become only the third Golden Eagle quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season, finishing with 3,496 yards. So far this season, Abraham is 85 of 132 passing for 1,112 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in Southern Miss’ four games.

Redshirt-sophomore Tate Whatley is expected to make the start in Abraham’s place. Whatley has played in 11 games in his career, completing 54 of 104 passes for 650 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.