We have talked a lot about the quarterback situation at UNT over the last couple of days and with good reason. Derek Thompson is taking the snaps with the first team and is in position to begin the season as UNT’s starter, although Dan McCarney hasn’t totally ruled out Dajon Williams.
With practice closed, it’s hard to get a really good read on what UNT’s plans are, which is part of McCarney’s plan. Nothing wrong with that.
What I will be very interested to see is how the depth chart looks behind Thompson, who I am pretty sure at this point is going to be UNT’s starter.
UNT has already said it won’t redshirt Williams. Will UNT stick with that plan? Is he going to start the year as UNT’s backup quarterback? Will he see time this year?
While the focus is on this year, the answers to those questions could tell us a lot about UNT’s plans for the future.
Thompson is gone after this year, which will leave a pair of juniors in Andrew McNulty and Brock Berglund. Williams will be either a sophomore or a redshirt freshman and Connor Means will be a freshman.
I can’t emphasize enough how much is riding on this season, which could be do-or-die time for UNT. There are key seniors all up and down the roster, UNT is playing its first season in C-USA and its third under McCarney. This season could really vault UNT forward. It could also put UNT into a tough spot for next year and several more to follow.
With that being said, UNT has to at least be cognizant of the fact that if Thompson starts this season, which seems likely, it will be starting over next year with a new starter.
We should be able to tell a lot about what the rough plan is when that depth chart comes out.
The only reason Williams starts the season No. 2 on the depth chart and sees the field this year is if UNT thinks he is the future, as in next season, or that there is a good chance that is the case.
If he lands at No. 2 on the depth chart, the writing is on the wall for McNulty and Berglund. A team doesn’t spend a whole lot of time developing a freshman with two sophomores sitting there, especially one who is entering his third year in the program like McNulty.
Berglund hasn’t been around as long. He could find his form and make a quick rise up the depth chart, even if he is buried to start the season. The odds are going to start looking longer that Berglund will break out if he is sitting fourth on the depth chart heading into the season.
A lot can happen. We found that out a few years ago when UNT went thorough a seemingly endless streak of quarterback injuries.
UNT will have a plan heading into the year, though. We seem to have seen the first part of it with Thompson working with the first team.
Seeing the rest of that plan will be awfully intriguing.
And as long as we are at it, here is the latest tally for the “Get Your Rear on the Record” contest. E-mail me your picks to email@example.com.
8-4 — Brandon Daniels, Ronald Parrish (RBP79)
7-5 — Andrew Morris, Christopher Walker, JRock, Greg Wagner, Gonzalo Maturino, Northeast Mean Green, James Stinson, John Curry
7-6 — Rick Herold, Jonathan Dennis, Andrew J. Hinojosa (UNT Satchmo), Chris Van Cleave (UNT_rocket09), Henry Haskins
6-6 — Harry, Tom Crothers (Eagle MBA), Travis Scott, Shoss, bstnsportsfan3, adman, MeanGreenMatt, Josh Martin, mgfan (Zachary Hallak), NCMeanGreen, Rex Winn (Greenrex), Thomas Van Dieter (Eppie 96), BobFam, Keith Mazy (OXatUNT), Kellen Jemeyson, Scott Robertson (Hunter Green), James Monroe (JKvs.Himself), Alec McKinley, Bob Campbell (Ozark Eagle), Jeff Hale
6-7 — Eagle83, Von Eaglin
5-8 — Brandon Cooper (UNT advances to C-USA title game on a tiebreaker and falls)
5-7 — Brett Vito, Rick Ashwander (Scratch1976), GreenBat, Greendylan, Thor, Travis Miller, Jim Hull, Allen Kriesman (Akriesman), Got5onit, Devin Axtman (An Aquarrian), Jared Morris, Eagle in Omaha, Cody Valle, Will Server, Phillip71, Skip Scott, Nathan Harvey, Jonathan Davidson (MeanGreenTexan)
4-8 — UNT Flyer (Derrick Murray), Bryan Graves (UNTGuy5), Marc Hernandez, Adam Rosenfield, Lynn Ramsey, David Guilligan (Mean Green Scrappy)
3-9 — 97and03, filmerj, Rick Smith (GGRN-WHT)