And that a wrap. I will be back later
Update 6:00 — Dajon Williams is having a great day in team drills. He was running toward the sideline in goal-line drills and and was about to be pulled down when he turned his shoulders and threw a bullet to Willie Hubbard in the end zone. He also threw a nice ball down the sideline on a roll-out. Malik Dilonga posted a sack in team drills, chasing down Andrew McNulty on a roll-out. Zed Evans made a good play on a ball in the end zone to break up a potential touchdown. Connor Means also threw a touchdown pass in goal line drills.
Update 5:29 — UNT is into team period now. Josh Greer saw time with the first team early on and threw a nice ball to tight end Marcus Smith on the sideline. Smith is having a good day. UNT’s first-team defensive ends are Jarrian Roberts and Daryl Mason. Alexander Lincoln and Dutton Watson are with the first team at defensive tackle. Chad Polk posted a sack in team drills. Andrew McNulty threw a good ball over the middle to John Chelf. Sir Calvin Wallace saw time with the second-team defense. Dajon Williams posted a nice throw on an out while working with the third team. Clayton Adams caught a ball on the sidelines that was pretty impressive. Defensive back David Busby is working with the third team. Sheldon Wade saw time with the first-team defense
Update 5:05 — UNT’s went through its pass rush drill as we head down the stretch in practice. Mustafa Haboul and Chad Polk both had good reps among UNT’s defensive linemen. Ryan Rentfro saw some time with the first-team offensive line that also included Mason Y’Barbo, Kaydon Kirby, Shawn McKinney and Cyril Lemon, who is still working at tackle.
Update 4:49 — Jarrian Roberts made a nice play from his defensive end spot during inside drills. Another guy who has looked good so far this spring is running back Erick Evans, the younger brother of Zed Evans, who could be a starting safety next year. I mentioned Erick Evans during our last live blog. Another observer pointed out that he has been impressed with Evans as well. Sam Wells, a walk-on quarterback from Commerce, is here today with his father who coaches at the school. They skipped baseball practice to be here. Marcus Trice is out today. I am not the first one, nor will I be the last, to mention this, but I really think he has a future in coaching when he is done playing, whenever that is.
One thing that always jumps out during spring practice is the number of high school and even college coaches who show up to watch the team work out.
Attendance has picked up this year due to the success UNT had last season. After a quick trip around the fields, there are coaches here today from Marist College, Galena Park and Richland.
I talked to a few. Most say that they enjoy the hospitality UNT’s coaches show during the spring without being asked. I don’t think there is any question that attitude goes a long way in recruiting and a number of other fronts.
Incoming freshman Chris Miles, a lineman out of Flower Mound is on hand today.
Dan McCarney is bouncing around encouraging his players to wake up and show some enthusiasm.
Tony Benford has stopped by practice today.