It’s Sunday night. Time for some notes and thoughts.
UNT went through a key scrimmage on Saturday and we found out a little more about the quarterback race, which is all anyone wants to talk about, justifiably so. But first, a couple of nuts and bolts notes on a tough weekend in the land of the Mean and the Green in the spring sports realm:
– The UNT softball team is having a pretty good season under first-year (at UNT) coach Tracey Kee. That being said, the Mean Green had a tough go of it this weekend against a pretty good UAB team that lost to Florida in the Super Regionals last year. The Blazers finished off a weekend sweep of UNT today with a 2-1 win. The Mean Green managed three runs on the weekend. UNT is 8-4 in Conference USA play and is still in second place in the conference standings behind Tulsa, which is 9-0. UNT’s margin for error for hanging on to that second spot just got a bit smaller, especially considering the Mean Green hasn’t faced the Golden Hurricane yet.
– The UNT tennis team fell to Memphis 6-1 on Saturday. The Mean Green came in ranked 55th nationally, while Memphis was ranked 38th. Kseniya Bardabush picked up UNT’s only win at No. 1 singles, where she beat Skylar Kuykendall 6-3, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10-7). UNT is having a solid year considering the injury issues it has faced and has three more matches to get going again before the Conference USA tournament.
As far as football goes, UNT had an eventful scrimmage on Saturday. This is the story I wrote on Andrew McNulty for Sunday’s paper. It looks more and more like UNT isn’t going to pick a quarterback until the fall. Mike Canales said earlier in the spring that UNT would like to have the field of contenders down to two by the end of spring practice.
That might not even happen at this point. UNT just can’t seem to get anyone to jump up and take the job.
There is that old saying that if you have two quarterbacks (in this case three with Josh Greer, Andrew McNulty and Dajon Williams) you don’t really have one.
There may be some truth in that, but just remember people were losing their minds last year because Derek Thompson was going to start.
Yeah, that worked out pretty well.
There is nothing written in stone that a team has to have a hot shot playmaker at quarterback to be successful. It helps. But it isn’t a deal-breaker if that isn’t the case.
UNT is going to be a run-first, power team. That’s just the way it is.
McNulty could be a player similar to Thompson last year. Greer is a little more dynamic with the ball, while Williams is maybe the most talented of the bunch.
Any one of those guys could emerge at this point.
There is just a whole lot more to watch when it comes to how this team comes together, including how a rebuilt defensive front seven comes together and whether or not UNT has the playmakers to put around whoever wins that quarterback job, just to name two.