North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Monday that middle linebacker Nick DeLuca is out for the remainder of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury. DeLuca tore his labrum and will need 4-6 months to recover.
According to North Dakota State’s football Twitter account, DeLuca will apply for a medical redshirt.
Coach Klieman announces that senior LB Nick DeLuca (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the season & apply for a medical redshirt.
— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) September 19, 2016
This is some bittersweet news for a program riding a major high.
Of course, as you all are probably aware, the Bison are coming off their biggest regular-season win in program history when on Saturday North Dakota State when into Iowa City and beat the nationally-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 23-21, on a Cam Pedersen last-second field goal.
DeLuca, who is an integral member of the Bison’s defense, injured himself in NDSU’s first game against Charleston Southern, and initially Klieman thought DeLuca could gut out the injury.
Alas, DeLuca, will have to be shelved.
“The biggest thing was we thought he could maybe play through it,” Klieman said. “We thought maybe if there was that opportunity because some guys have been able to do this.”
He said DeLuca’s shoulder was not stable even with a brace and the NDSU medical staff told Klieman the best course was surgery.
Klieman has continued North Dakota State’s dynasty in his two-plus years at the school. The Bison have won two-straight championships under Klieman. This after ex-coach Craig Bohl had guided the Bison to championships the three years prior.
North Dakota (3-0) is ranked No.1 in the latest FCS Coaches Poll. The Bison are set to play Illinois State in their next game on October 1.