Dan McCarney wrapped up his press conference about an hour ago. Here are a few quick-hitters.
– Tight end Andrew Power is still day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. UNT really struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with 56 yards on 30 carries in a win over Florida Atlantic. McCarney said that FAU put an extra guy in the box, which was the big reason why UNT struggled to run the ball. He did acknowledge that it didn’t help that Power was out. My gut feeling is that the loss of Power had a whole lot more to do with UNT’s problems than McCarney is going to let on. He’s like an extra tackle out there.
– Freddie Warner is still not ready to play. UNT might get its best defensive back in the lineup for a key game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 16 or might not get him back this season at all. UNT can redshirt Warner, which McCarney said is a consideration. At this point, my guess is that is the direction UNT will go, especially if the Mean Green can’t get past Houston this week. I was told a while back that is the direction Warner wanted to go if he couldn’t return for most of the season. He has already burned an entire year while playing in just seven games before being lost for the year with an injury in 2011.
– Nick Schrapps injured his shoulder in practice and will have surgery. The backup wide receiver is out for the year.
– Backup quarterback Andrew McNulty has a hand injury and is headed for a redshirt year. Your backup quarterback is now Brent Osborn for sure. I always thought McNulty would end up redshirting this year. The injury just confirms that.
– Safety Lairamie Lee should be good to go this week after taking a shot to the head that knocked him out of UNT’s game against FAU.
– McCarney called Arkansas transfer Cam Feldt a disappointment and said he isn’t playing because he isn’t playing winning football in practice.