5:55 — And UNT is done. I had to duck out to watch a live scrimmage at the end of practice. UNT went through a series of situations, including a third-down series. Without going back through my notes, Josh Greer spent most of the time with the first team and played well. John Chelf made a great leaping grab in the end zone. I will be back later tonight with some wrap up thoughts and more on what happened in the scrimmage portion of practice.
5:04 — Mustafa Haubol is having a good day in pass rush drill. So is Sid Moore. Haubol to the the quarterback twice. In an unfortunate turn of events, UNT grad assistant Victor Gill was serving as the quarterback and failed the cup check. It was cringe worthy. We are heading into team passing drills.
4:48 — A couple of people have asked about UNT’s bowl watches. I didn’t know this, but apparently rings are pretty much only given out to teams that win conference titles or national titles. Watches are more long the lines of what players and coaches receive for bowl wins. Again, they are really nice. Derek Thompson is out working with UNT’s quarterbacks today. He is interning in the UNT athletic department after finishing up his career. A member of the Keller Fossil Ridge staff is here today.
4:40 — UNT ran through a drill where its wide receivers were matched up one-on-one in the open field with its defensive backs. One strength of Kenny Buyers last year that always jumped out at me is just how good he is at tackling in space. There were a ton of swing passes thrown his way last year that went nowhere because he made the one-on-one tackle. Buyers was at his best again today, but did get beat once by Carlos Harris. Zed Evans ducked his head on one rep and was beaten.
It’s a beautiful day here at the Darrell Dickey Practice Facility, where UNT is running through another afternoon spring practice.
We are getting deeper in the spring when we should start to find out more about this team, who the leaders and who the playmakers will be.
The staff from Texas A&M-Commerce, a member of the Division II Lone Star Conference, is on hand.
UNT is still running through individual position drills.
UNT’s quarterbacks always start out with footwork drills.
UNT’s defense is doing a little more hitting and working on filling the gaps on running plays.
Practice is pretty spirited so far.
Check back, I will update the blog throughout the afternoon.