I stopped by practice this morning and picked up a few notes to go along with video highlights and an interview with running backs coach Tommy Perry that I will post here in a few minutes.
The late stages of camp are usually when one starts to hear about bad practices and players being worn down by the daily grind. That wasn’t the case today for UNT.
“That is the most spirited practice we have had since I have been here, winter, spring, fall, you name it,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said. “We have to channel that.”
Today was the last time I had a chance to talk to UNT’s players before Saturday’s scrimmage, so I asked a little bit about what jobs are still open.
McCarney said pretty much no one outside of a few key linemen, including Cyril Lemon, Mason Y’Barbo, have jobs locked up.
The center spot, the quarterback spot, the spots in the rotation at wide receiver, tight end and defensive line are all still up for grabs. Saturday’s scrimmage that will go about 100 plays will determine a lot.
McCarney said that UNT will rotate all four quarterbacks during the scrimmage and that Mike Canales has done a good job of rotating all four contenders — Derek Thompson, Brock Berglund, Andrew McNulty and Dajon Williams — with the first, second and third teams.
McCarney said there is no clear-cut leader for the quarterback job at this point.
McCarney talked up Williams at media day, but at this point it starting to sound like UNT really doesn’t have a handle on which player it will go with.
In an interesting side note, I am going to write about UNT’s running back situation tomorrow and talked to Antoinne Jimmerson, who said he is down to 212 pounds from the 225 he played at last season.
And finally, here’s an update for our “Get Your Rear on the Record” contest to pick UNT’s record. E-mail your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org
8-4 — Brandon Daniels
7-5 — Andrew Morris, Christopher Walker, JRock, Greg Wagner, Gonzalo Maturino, Northeast Mean Green, James Stinson
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),
6-7 — Eagle83, Van
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
4-8 — UNT Flyer (Derrick Murray), Bryan Graves (UNTGuy5), Marc Hernandez, Adam Rosenfield, Lynn Ramsey
3-9 — 97and03, filmerj, Rick Smith (GGRN-WHT)