Monday afternoon practice notes

UNT continued to steam toward the end of spring practice this afternoon and closed Monday’s workout with a scrimmage.

The big winner at the end of the day was probably Derek Thompson.

UNT’s returning starter went 4-for-5 on the opening drive of the scrimmage, which Reggie Pegram capped with a 14-yard run. Thompson hit on both of his attempts on the first-team’s second possession, including a nice throw on the sideline for a 24-yard strike to Brelan Chancellor. UNT looked like it would score again, but Darnell Smith fumbled after picking up 7 yards on a catch in the red zone. Thompson connected with Chancellor for another touchdown earlier in practice.

Andrew McNulty worked with the second team and also did some good things. He might be the best runner of UNT’s quarterbacks. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brett Renger on the final play of practice.

Brock Berglund worked with the third team, which went three-and-out on its only series in the scrimmage at the end of the workout.

Berglund showed great athleticism and a sense of calm right before the scrimmage when he chased down a snap that sailed over his head, picked it up and made something out of nothing by scrambling up the sideline.

UNT head coach Dan McCarney said before the beginning of spring that McNulty really needed to show something. He has done just that, establishing himself with the second team as Berglund battles his way back after missing a week of practice with a bad hamstring. McNulty hit Lynrick Pleasant on a deep ball and connected with Darius Terrell for a couple of first downs in drills right before the scrimmage.

Another guy who seems to have worked his way into UNT’s plans is sophomore cornerback Kenny Buyers. He has had a good spring. I don’t think he will start, but he will play. He saw some time with the first team today.

There were a couple of high school teams represented this afternoon. The entire Nevada Community team road a bus over. In a nice touch by McCarney, UNT’s players acknowledged the team at the end of practice. I have not kept track, but Whitesboro head coach Eddie Gill may have a better attendance record at practice than anyone else. I talked to him a bit today while he watched his son, quarterback Jordan Gill.

Sir Calvin Wallace continues to look better as practice goes along.

Converted quarterback Cooper Jones looks like a tight end now and is showing signs that he can help UNT this year. And speaking of guys who pass the eye test, Brady Brown, a former Argyle standout who started his career at Vanderbilt, is hard to miss out there. He is every bit of 6-foot-5.

UNT’s wide receivers worked on the deep ball with assistant coach Mike Grant.

A few wide receivers made catches that caught everyone’s eye today, including Carlos Harris, Carl Caldwell, Nick Schrapps, Darnell Smith (twice that I took note of) and Willie Hubbard.

There were also a few big plays turned in by UNT’s defense. Jamal Marshall intercepted a tipped pass. Zac Whitfield and backup linebacker Brandon Davis also had interceptions.

Zach Orr and Will Wright posted sacks.

Marcus Trice made a nice move to get past a block on kickoff coverage drills.

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