Denton Record-Chronicle/Al Key
Former North Texas running back Lance Dunbar seemed to help his cause on his Pro Day, running better-than-expected times in the 40-yard dash. That didn’t translate when NFL teams made their picks this weekend. Dunbar went undrafted.
UNT’s NFL draft drought will last another year.
Lance Dunbar, one of the more prolific running backs in college football history and the leading rusher in UNT history, was passed over this weekend.
Dunbar put on his Twitter account that he has signed with the Cowboys, which will give him a chance to follow the path blazed at UNT by Patrick Cobbs and Brian Waters as undrafted free agents. Waters is one of the better offensive linemen of his era, while Cobbs had a nice NFL career.
What is pretty amazing is that UNT hasn’t had a player drafted since Cody Spencer was taken in the sixth round in 2004.
That’s a long drought UNT is working on, one that coincides pretty much directly with the end of the bowl era and the seemingly endless wandering through the wilderness the Mean Green has done since.
Louisiana-Lafayette had two players picked today. Troy, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Florida International had players selected as well.
The drought will come to an end soon, especially if UNT moves to Conference USA as expected this week.
It can’t happen soon enough for UNT.
Dan McCarney mentioned when he came to Denton how ridiculous it is that UNT has not had a player picked in so long.
For a long time, I thought Dunbar would be the player to end that drought.
Now UNT fans will have to wait just a little longer to see a member of the Mean Green get the call.