Update — Here are a couple of additional tidbits from today’s practice to go along with this video interview I shot with Marcus Trice.
– UNT will try to finalize who will begin the season slated to redshirt after Saturday’s mock game.
– There will be at least five, possibly six, tight ends who will play this year.
– Both Kaydon Kirby and Shawn McKinney will see time at center this season. UNT feels good about both.
– UNT has yet to settle on its quarterback rotation behind Derek Thompson. The mock game tomorrow will be a key point in the race. I am still convinced Thompson will start.
– UNT will have the same Conference USA officiating crew that has been assigned to the Rice game will work the mock game.
Brad Horton, a defensive end from Liberty Christian, has given up football due to lingering shoulder issues, head coach Dan McCarney confirmed after practice Friday.
Horton was a basketball star who picked up football late in his high school career. He had the type of frame that would have allowed him to grow into a college-level defensive end.
Horton had shoulder problems when he arrived at UNT and missed all of last year after having surgery. UNT found out that he would have to undergo another procedure this fall.
At that point, Horton and his parents decided it would be best if he gave up football.