I have finished up my stories for the day. Now for some notes from Wednesday’s football practice …
UNT’s running game was probably the highlight of the day, which is no big surprise. Running the ball is what UNT has done well for more than a decade.
I thought Mark Lewis had a terrific day. Brandin Byrd looks a lot more agile and light on his feet. He made a really nice move to the outside in team drills.
Another spot that is going to be interesting this spring is the defensive line with so many key players out with injuries. The missing pieces have left open spots for younger players to see some time with the first and second teams. Jarrian Roberts was one of the guys who was in there quite a bit at defensive end. JUCO transfer Quenton Brown is also getting a long look.
Sophomore safety David Busby also had a good day. He posted a nice open-field tackle and an interception in team drills.
JUCO transfer Justin Manu saw some time with the second team.
UNT continued to roll out a few more of its new wrinkles on offense, including Daniel Prior at H-back. The zone-read was also used quite a bit in practice, especially when Brock Berglund was out there.
Don’t count out Derek Thompson yet, by the way. He has looked good in practice at times and knows the offense. He threw a nice looking touchdown pass to Carlos Harris in red zone drills.
Alexander Lincoln still looks pretty thin for a defensive tackle, but he made some plays in pass rush drills.
Ryan Boutwell was working on his rehab program.
UNT worked a lot on the deep-ball in team passing drills.
Be sure to pick up the paper tomorrow for a story on Kaydon Kirby, who is competing for the starting job at center as a walk-on.