Dan McCarney said after practice tonight that he sent Boone Feldt home due to lingering neck and shoulder issues. UNT’s most highly regarded incoming recruit will be out at least until the beginning of the season.
McCarney said there is a good chance he is headed for a redshirt year.
Feldt had surgery not too long ago and the lingering effects were too much to overcome. They gave UNT and Feldt’s family too many reasons to worry.
Feldt will go home, consult with his doctor and will get back in touch with the doctors and trainers at UNT.
The group will come up with a plan and go from there.
It’s another disappointing turn of events for UNT that have overshadowed what has been a good start to camp so far. The loss of defensive tackle Ryan Boutwell for at least two games due to a torn pectoral muscle and the fact Texas transfer Darius Terrell will have to sit out the year have stolen some of the early headlines.
The good news is that offensive line is one place where UNT was not counting on a freshman contributing right away. UNT already has a really good center in Aaron Fortenberry and some other players it can move around in a pinch. It’s not like last year where UNT had five starters and that was about it after J.J. Johnson never recovered from an injury.
When it comes to depth issues, UNT fans have a lot more to be worried about at wide receiver (covered that earlier) and in the defensive backfield, where UNT has approximately bubkus in the way of experience.
What UNT has to hope is that Feldt does not have any long-term issues. He is the clear heir apparent at center with Fortenberry entering his last year on the team.