One topic that I have been meaning to get to over the last few days, but haven’t had a chance to is where UNT stands as far as quarterbacks go moving forward following Brock Berglund’s decision to attend junior college.
If you have not been following along, Berglund is the former Kansas quarterback who visited UNT and later decided to go to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, due largely to an NCAA ruling that would have forced him to sit a year and pay his own way if he enrolled at another FBS school.
Point being, Berglund was high on UNT’s wish list in a year this team absolutely has to sign a quarterback.
That was Dan McCarney’s take on national signing day in February. And it’s not too hard to see why.
UNT didn’t sign a quarterback in its 2012 class. UNT signed three in 2011, but Cooper Jones has since moved to tight end and Brent Osborn was a JUCO transfer who will be a junior in the fall.
UNT has a solid starter in Derek Thompson, who will also be a junior in the fall. Andrew McNulty played as a true freshman last fall. I have a sneaking suspicion UNT will try to redshirt him this year.
UNT has exactly one young quarterback on the roster, and the staff wasn’t even sure McNulty would be a quarterback on the college level when he signed. He started for one season in high school after playing behind a top national prospect.
UNT can’t go without signing a quarterback. If it did, it would head into 2013 with two seniors in Thompson and Osborn, plus McNulty.
That is why it would have been nice to have Berglund, who would have been the highest ranked quarterback UNT has signed in the ratings era.
UNT threw an offer out for pie-in-the-sky target J.T. Barrett of Wichita Falls Rider who committed to Ohio State and Zach Allen, a more realistic possibility from Temple only to see him commit to Syracuse.
There are no other targets hanging out there that we know of now, but UNT is doing a whole lot of digging. UNT just finished off its tour of camps in the state.
In a side note, attendance was supposed to be terrific.
In the wake of the Berglund decision, it’s hard to imagine UNT wasn’t out there looking high and low for the best quarterback prospects left on the board.