CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior offensive lineman John Ferranto will miss the 2016 season after having surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle on Wednesday.
UNC confirmed Inside Carolina's initial report on Friday afternoon. Ferranto, a fifth-year senior out of Burlington, N.J., suffered the injury during training workouts on Monday, according to a school release. His surgery was performed at UNC Hospitals by Dr. Alex Creighton.
Ferranto is expected to be sidelined for a six-month recovery period.
The versatile 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman started 17 games at left tackle during the 2014-15 seasons and logged time at guard last season as well. He emerged as the likely candidate to replace All-American Landon Turner at right guard during spring ball and was listed as the starter at that position in UNC’s preseason depth chart.
Senior interior lineman Will Dancy decided to transfer in May, thereby leaving the Tar Heels thin at the guard positions. Fourth-year junior Brad Henson (6-5, 290) and redshirt freshman Nick Polino (6-4, 290) also competed for the open guard position during spring practice. Henson has played in 26 games during his career, primarily on special teams.