UNT will scrimmage tomorrow morning around 9:30 over at Apogee Stadium or the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility, depending on the weather. Spring scrimmages are really important in terms of setting the depth chart heading into fall practice and then the season.
So what are the key issues and things to watch tomorrow?
Here are a few thoughts, starting with the obvious.
Does the quarterback situation continue to sort itself out?
UNT has cut the number of players competing for the job from four to three — Josh Greer, Dajon Williams and Andrew McNulty. Mike Canales said a few days ago that if UNT had to play tomorrow, it would go with McNulty due to his experience. UNT has some time, though. Greer seems to be charging hard. He had another good day in UNT’s last workout. Dajon Williams is super talented but also a bit raw. I can see scenarios where any one of the three guys left in the hunt comes out with the lead after tomorrow’s workout. UNT could get down to two players after this scrimmage. From what I can tell, Greer might be pushing his way to the top. will he continue to do so? Will Williams rally? Can McNulty hang on?
Does Erick Evans bolster his case as this year’s breakout player of the spring?
Every year there is a guy who comes out of nowhere and ends up being a key contributor for the Mean Green. Darnell Smith, a former walk-on who was one of UNT’s key playmakers last season, was that guy not too long ago. Go back in history a bit and former Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Chris Hurd was that guy. Then there was Derek Mendoza and Casey Fitzgerald, the unofficial NCAA record holder for most wide receiver screens/flare passes caught in a career. More and more, it looks like running back Erick Evans is the next unexpected contributor in that line. Evans has made play after play in the spring and is seeing time with the first team. Does he continue to emerge tomorrow and work his way into a regular role next season in UNT’s running back rotation?
Does another player seize the moment?
Like we said, tomorrow is a big chance for players to shine and win jobs. Someone will stand out tomorrow that we don’t expect to do so. We will find out who capitalizes tomorrow.