We seem to have been transported back to the days of winter ball (Darrell Dickey used to have spring practice in February, hence the term Winter Ball, back in the day). But as always, there were a few interesting tidbits to go along with some frozen toes today.
UNT’s defense pretty much dominated a scrimmage at the end of practice until UNT went into red zone and hurry-up drills.
Derek Thompson hit Darnell Smith for touchdown passes that covered 15 and 19 yards, threw another 3-yard touchdown pass and ran another in from 3 yards out. Thompson knocked Marcus Trice out in the process on the run. Trice was down for a few minutes before getting up. Thompson also threw what should have been an interception. Zac Whitfield just flat dropped one. Whitfield is a good corner. UNT has to sit there and wonder just how much better he would be if he could catch the ball more consistently.
Funny story — Whitfield dropped one in the scrimmage on Saturday. Everyone moaned around me. I turned to the guy next to me I was talking to and said, “We know from last year why he’s not a wide receiver. The guy just can’t catch the ball.” Mom was sitting two rows down. Fortunately, mom has a good sense of humor.
Second-team quarterback Andrew McNulty threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Lynrick Pleasant in red zone drills and ran another one in from 3 yards out.
Brock Berglund had the third-team offense rolling in his first series before stalling out. He scored on a 10-yard run later in the scrimmage, but also threw a bad interception to backup linebacker Brandon Davis. Berglund threw the ball better today in WR-QB-DB passing drills.
Thompson was the best quarterback out there today.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Carson Proffitt of Hebron was at practice today. He’s a Mike Canales recruiting target.
Hilbert Jackson blocked a field goal at the end of practice.
Daniel Prior made the catch of the day, a diving grab over the middle.
Defensive end Brandon McCoy is participating in more drills and seeing some contact.
Four guys got the stripes off their helmets today — offensive lineman Michael Banogu, JUCO tight end Cade Carter, punter Blake Macek and offensive lineman Boone Feldt.
I will have a video to put up later. I talked with Darnell Smith about the development of UNT’s wide receivers.