I was able to watch the entire two hour session of spring practice this morning when UNT went in pads for the first time. I will have a short video with Mike Canales up sometime in the next day or so online and a story in tomorrow’s paper.
First off, a few notes, thoughts and tidbits:
UNT is rolling all three of its quarterbacks in and out with the first, second and third teams. Dan McCarney said that will give the staff a true evaluation of each.
The star of the day was Zed Evans. The Louisville transfer is with the first team already and is making a lot of plays. He intercepted a pass in the scrimmage at the end of practice and intercepted another in one-on-one drills.
McCarney said that practice was a little sloppy, which was to be expected in the first workout in full pads. He jumped all over UNT’s defensive line during one-on-one drills with their counterparts on the offensive line. Ryan Walters jumped on UNT’s defensive backs, who struggled in one-on-one drills, drawing several flags.
UNT’s offense dominated inside drills today, but UNT’s defense controlled the scrimmage at the end of the day.
We saw a lot of the quarterback run game today. Brock Berglund looks fast and elusive. Derek Thompson also looks better running the ball than he did last year.
I thought Berglund had the best day among UNT’s quarterbacks.
Zac Whitfield made a couple of good plays on balls in the air and picked off a pass in team drills. Outside of Evans, I thought Whitfield had the best day among UNT’s DBs.
Darius Terrell is working in the slot and looked good at times.
Darnell Smith also looked good at receiver.
Richard Abbe posted a couple of tackles for loss from his defensive tackle spot.
The awkward moment of the day came when Drew Miller was trying to run under a deep ball from Berglund and ran straight into UNT’s defensive line drills that were taking place a little too far in the field. He got tangled up and fell to the turf. Fortunately, he was OK.