As always there were a few tidbits and discussion points of note from Dan McCarney’s press conference today. Here are the highlights and a quick clarification:
– UNT’s running game was the topic of the day. UNT really struggled the last two weeks to get anything going. McCarney and his players said that there are a number of issues that have caused problems the last couple of weeks. McCarney said that UNT won’t abandon the run and pointed out that the Mean Green has run the ball well at other points in the season — Ball State, Idaho. It’s important to what UNT does.
– Antonio Johnson and LaChris Anyiam both had arthroscopic surgery on a knee and have barely practiced the last couple of weeks. They will practice this week, which should help UNT’s running game.
– Tight end Daniel Prior is out this week. He missed UNT’s game against Tulane last week.
– UNT turned in more film of penalties to the C-USA office after Saturday’s game than McCarney said he has turned in at any time in his career. UNT was flagged 11 times for 105 yards. One can get the sense that McCarney and his players feel like they were the victim of some bad calls.
– With that being said, UNT ranks last in C-USA in penalty yards per game at 69.8. That is something UNT will address this week.
– Dajon Williams has been in and out of practice all fall with injury issues. McCarney said that UNT could look at trying to get him a medical redshirt. He has played in one game.
And finally, I mentioned yesterday that UNT had its worst two-game rushing total since 2000 the last two weeks on the blog. UNT had 41 yards the last two weeks.
I mentioned one of the other totals that was particularly low was 2007:
Oklahoma (79-10 loss) — 15 yards on 31 carries
SMU (45-31 loss) — 39 yards on 12 carries
Total — 54 yards
I got my information from UNT’s 2008 media guide in the week-by-week section. UNT is saying its media guide is wrong and that UNT actually had 12 yards on 21 carries against SMU, which would cut the total from the first two games of that season to 27 yards.