UNT head coach Dan McCarney gave perhaps the strongest indication yet that Derek Thompson will begin the season as the Mean Green’s starting quarterback — saying that the senior is taking all the snaps with the first-team offense.
Brock Berglund, Andrew McNuly and Dajon Williams are rotating with the second team. UNT will try to determine who its best option is in terms of a backup in the coming days.
Thompson still has work to do. He can’t coast into the season. He won’t. It’s not in his nature.
With that being said, all signs point to Thompson starting the year under center. The senior endured a tough off-season after throwing a key interception in a season-ending loss to Western Kentucky. McCarney declared the battle for the starting job open heading into spring practice when Thompson competed with McNulty. Berglund missed most of spring practice with a hamstring injury, but returned for fall drills when the competition became crowded with the addition of Williams.
The key point in fall practices was the second scrimmage of two-a-days. Thompson came up with what McCarney called his best performance of fall drills when it mattered most.
McCarney said following that scrimmage that Thompson was in position to start, but wanted to review film of the scrimmage to come up with a more complete evaluation.
UNT began to turn its focus to its season-opener against Idaho today. McCarney said UNT needed to decide who would play in its season-opener heading into this week’s workouts.
Thompson entered those drills as the likely starter.