Turkey day notes and the mailbag

One of the men’s basketball prospects a lot of fans were watching came off the board last night.

It looked like UNT had a shot to land Berkner forward Soma Edo, but he announced that he is headed to Fresno State. Here’s a link to his Rivals.com profile

Tony Benford has already put together a good class. Edo would have been icing on the cake.

I talked about it a bit on the blog this week, but Western Kentucky losing defensive end Quanterus Smith could really help UNT’s chances on Saturday. No one gets to opposing quarterbacks in the Sun Belt like WKU does, but the Hilltoppers won’t be nearly as good without Smith.

UNT has a great offensive line and will have to lean on it heavily now that the Mean Green will have even less to work with without both Antoinne Jimmerson and Brelan Chancellor, who are out for the year with injuries. UNT head coach Dan McCarney has started to acknowledge more readily what I’ve been saying all along. UNT just does not have much in the way of weapons offensively.

UNT will have to go with smoke, mirrors and the new playmakers it has left, including Brandin Byrd, Jeremy Brown and emerging freshman wide receiver Carlos Harris to get its offense going.

As for the mailbag, Ben asked a good question about UNT’s scholarship situation. UNT will sign 20 prospects on signing day to go along with the transfers it has on hand — Brock Berglund, Darius Terrell and Reggie Pegram. UNT also has two players who are grayshirting and are expected to show up at the semester break — Tyler running back Andrew Tucker and Corsicana wide receiver Christian Hines.

Teams are only allowed to sign 25 players a year. That is how UNT will get to 25 this year.

McCarney has mentioned that UNT is 11 scholarship players short because of the mistakes of the past — bad APR scores that resulted in scholarship reductions, players who signed and left before completing their eligibility, et cetera. With the 25 player limit, it’s hard to get back to 85 scholarship players when a team has been decimated like UNT has.

McCarney has mentioned several times that UNT only has six seniors who have been around since they signed. That’s a remarkably low number.