Here are a few random notes and thoughts on a Friday night …
– I know we say this quite a bit, and did last week when UNT had a chance to move to 2-0 on the season with a win over Ohio, but tomorrow’s game against Ball State has all the makings of a key point for the Mean Green. UNT can get to 2-1 for the first time since returning to the FBS level in 1995 with a win. What makes this game all the more important is that UNT is almost assured of losing next week at Georgia. A 2-2 record would be a whole lot better than 1-3, obviously. Granted, UNT having a chance to get to 2-1 has a lot to do with UNT spending nearly a half a million bucks to buy in Idaho to open the season, but it would still be a significant milestone.
– I wrote earlier today on the blog that North Mesquite cornerback Andrew Jones has committed to UNT. I will have a story in the paper tomorrow. He seems like a good get for the Mean Green. He had an offer from Northern Illinois. I talked to him a today and he really seemed to have developed a bond with UNT’s coaches, not to mention a good feeling about the school. He seems like the kind of player UNT needs to build its program.
– One angle to watch tomorrow is how UNT runs the ball. UNT is coming off a bad night in the running game against Ohio. A total of 104 rushing yards? That just isn’t UNT, which really hasn’t run the ball well all year and is averaging 3.5 yards a pop.
– And on the non-football front. The UNT soccer team beat a pretty good McNeese State squad 2-0 tonight. Haley Riley posted another shutout after coming off the bench for Jackie Kerestine. It’s her third in a row. UNT hasn’t allowed a goal in 292:11. That’s right. UNT had a goalie on the bench who is that good. Losing a player like Kerestine to a torn ACL would kill a lot of other programs.