Press conference notes (Manu gone) and thoughts

North Texas head coach Dan McCarney left open the possibility that he could play more than one quarterback on Saturday against Idaho. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

I am finished cranking out my stories for the paper. Now, it’s on to some thoughts on the news of the day from Dan McCarney’s press conference.

If it seems like I am a bit late, it’s because I am. We finished sending the final pages of our football magazine today. It’s going to be 120 pages this year, our biggest ever. It comes out Thursday.

As far as the press conference goes, the one tidbit that was newsworthy that has not been discussed yet is that Justin Manu is done at UNT. McCarney announced that the big offensive lineman ran into an eligibility issue. McCarney said that Manu enrolled in junior college, dropped out to help take care of his family and later re-enrolled. The NCAA ruled that his clock started when he enrolled in JC the first time. His window to use his four years of eligibility is up.

McCarney said Manu visited five colleges, including UNT, and no one realized it would be a problem.

Manu was listed as the backup at one tackle spot. Offensive line is one of UNT’s deepest positions, so it’s far from a killer. But that does make Connor Trussell the backup at one tackle spot. UNT now has two redshirt freshmen as its backup tackles. Ryan Rentfro is on the other side.

It suddenly has become rather important that Antonio Johnson and LaChris Anyiam stay healthy.

And in other news, McCarney is leaving the door open for a quarterback other than Derek Thompson to play. McCarney all but said Dajon Williams will play.

McCarney isn’t going to give out the game plan, but I get the impression there will be packages in for Williams. If Thompson struggles, UNT could go to Williams or Andrew McNulty. I just don’t get the feeling that UNT is comfortable with Brock Berglund, but all three backups are listed on the same line on the depth chart.

On the defensive side, Daryl Mason will start at defensive end. Brandon McCoy has been dealing with injuries that have put his short-term availability in question.

Mason has really come on from what I can tell.

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