UNT picked in basement in Sun Belt coaches poll, despite four all-conference picks

UNT fared well when it came to putting players on the All-Sun Belt Conference team on Monday.

The coaches’ poll was a different story.

Running back Lance Dunbar, offensive lineman Esteban Santiago, defensive end Brandon Akpunku and linebacker Craig Roberston were all named to the all-conference team.

The coaches and media members who voted on the all-conference team liked UNT’s top players a whole lot more than the coaches liked the Mean Green overall. The coaches’ poll has UNT picked to finish eighth out of nine teams, ahead of only hapless Western Kentucky.

Middle Tennessee is picked to win the league, but it was close. MTSU had five first-place votes and 75 points, while Troy had three first-place votes and 73 points.