Arguably the most-anticipated addition to the North Texas roster for this coming season is defensive tackle Bryce English. A Kansas State transfer, the Dallas-area native arrived in early 2016 and waited, waited and waited to get his turn to don the Mean Green’s eponymous uniform. Heck, English redshirted his only season in Manhattan, meaning he hasn’t played a real game since he was a high school senior in 2014.
He’s going to have to wait a little longer.
English suffered a foot injury in practice Tuesday, and head coach Seth Littrell confirmed Wednesday English will miss several weeks treating the injury, meaning he will miss at least UNT’s opener with Lamar on Sept. 2.
“He was doing the proper things with getting his weight down and getting back into shape,” Littrell told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “He was really coming along. Losing a guy like that hurts you.”
Not that a coach would ever pick and choose an injury he would like a player to have, but he definitely wouldn’t want his starting nose guard to sustain and injury and he especially wouldn’t want that starting nose guard to suffer a foot injury. English said his weight climbed as high as 346 pounds but checked in at 287 earlier this fall. (The North Texas roster lists him at 295.)
The Record-Chronicle reports North Texas could either slide Roderick Young, who started at nose last season but moved to end to make room for English, back to nose or simply promote backup T.J. Tauaalo to the first team.
Whatever the case, North Texas needs English back in a hurry. After opening with Lamar, North Texas visits SMU and Iowa in back-to-back September weeks before opening Conference USA play.