UNT announces: Berglund leaving program

Backup quarterback Brock Berglund is leaving North Texas, the school announced on Wednesday. The former Kansas backup was considered a top signee when he arrived at UNT.

North Texas head coach Dan McCarney confirmed this afternoon that backup quarterback Brock Berglund is leaving the program.

“We wish him well,” McCarney said. “We are glad he was a part of the program and hope that he can reach his goals at his next destination.”

McCarney said that Berglund is likely headed to Northern Colorado, which competes at the Football Championship Subdivision level. Berlund would be immediately eligible at the FCS school.

Berglund was a highly regarded player out of Valor Christian in Colorado who signed with Kansas, spent a short time in junior college and then transferred to UNT in September of 2012.

Berglund was expected to contend for the starting quarterback job last season, but fell behind incumbent starter Derek Thompson and career backup Andrew McNulty in spring practice. Freshman Dajon Williams arrived in the fall and pushed Thompson for the starting job. Thompson was not the Mean Green’s starter until the week of UNT’s opener against Idaho.

The handwriting was on the wall when UNT signed JUCO transfer Josh Greer to compete for the starting job next season. Greer transferred to UNT at the semester break and will compete in spring practice.

Adding Greer essentially pushed Berglund farther down the depth chart. Heading into the spring, it looked like Williams, Greer and maybe McNulty would compete for the starting job.

That left Berglund on the outside looking in.

It’s a disappointing outcome for UNT considering how highly regarded Berglund was when he arrived at UNT. He was rated among the top quarterbacks in the Class of 2011. Rivals.com had Berglund rated at No. 15 among dual-threat quarterbacks.

The knock on Berglund was always that he had tremendous athletic abilities, but struggled to work within the confines of a system, sit in the pocket and deliver the ball.

UNT was lucky in that Thompson remained healthy all year, but when the Mean Green did bring a backup in the game, Berglund was never the top option. He went the whole year without throwing a pass.

Berglund did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.