Off-season questions series No. 1 — Who takes over at quarterback?

Replacing quarterback Derek Thompson, who led North Texas to a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, will be one of the Mean Green's biggest off-season challenges. (DRC/David Minton)

UNT has spent a little time celebrating its win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

That can mean only one thing — It’s time to turn the attention to the off-season.

Over the next few weeks, we will do the same here on the blog and go over a few of the questions that UNT is facing.

Today, we begin with No. 1 — Who will replace Derek Thompson at quarterback?

My feelings on Thompson and his contributions are pretty well known. Thompson wasn’t an all-conference player. He had some off games, but he also came up big plenty of times for UNT throughout his career and especially in his senior season.

Thompson threw for 256 yards in UNT’s win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl and finished with 2,896 yards as a senior. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes and threw 16 touchdown passes.

If there is anything that history has taught us, it’s to appreciate solid quarterbacks who are good leaders. Take Scott Hall for example. There were plenty of UNT fans who thought the Mean Green could do better than a guy who was a first-team All Sun Belt selection as a junior and a second-team pick as a senior in 2004.

Well, UNT just finished the 2014 season and still hasn’t had another all-conference quarterback since Hall.

With that being said, I don’t think one can discount what Thompson meant to UNT. That bowl game performance cemented him as a UNT Hall of Famer.

The question now is where does UNT turn?

The obvious pick is Dajon Williams, a freshman who nearly won the job before Thompson held him off coming into the season. He played one series in one game and then disappeared into the night due to Thompson playing well and a few injuries that kept him out of practice. UNT is hoping to get Williams a medical redshirt.

What makes the whole situation more interesting is that UNT signed JUCO transfer Josh Greer, who started his career at UAB and had great year at Navarro. UNT recruited Greer out of Arlington and has had a long-term relationship with him.

Greer had options and wasn’t going to transfer to a school unless he felt like he had a chance to start.

Andrew McNulty had also been in the program a while and could have a shot. He is well-liked and knows the system.

The wildcard could be Brock Berglund, a highly talented Kansas transfer who has yet to put it together at UNT. The knock on him has always been that he struggles to produce in the confines of the offense and is too quick to break into sandlot mode. Will the light come on this spring?

Freshman Connor Means will also be around in the spring after enrolling early.

UNT has options. The race will be arguably the most interesting — not to mention the most important — to watch this spring.

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