It’s spring time again, which when it comes to UNT football over the last few years means two things:
– Spring practice is under way
– UNT’s defensive line is a big concern and an even bigger topic of conversation.
The Mean Green’s front four was maybe the hottest topic of last off-season due to the number of key players UNT lost and the number of injuries the team was dealing with. UNT’s line pulled it together last year and became arguably the biggest surprise of the season when it anchored one of the nation’s most productive defenses.
UNT seemingly has come full circle.
Starting defensive ends Aaron Bellazin and Brandon McCoy and starting tackles Ryan Boutwell and Richard Abbe all finished up their careers last season. Defensive line coach Mike Nelson also retired.
Where does that leave UNT?
We posed that question to new defensive line coach Kevin Patrick in the video above. We will delve more into the topic in tomorrow’s paper, but after talking with Patrick, Dan McCarney and potential starting defensive end Daryl Mason, a couple of key points keep coming up.
UNT wants to build the type of rotation it had last season.
Defensive tackles Alexander Lincoln and defensive ends Jarrian Roberts and Chad Polk will be key contributors along with Mason.
Sid Moore is also make a big impression. Patrick talks about the young tackle in the video at the top of this blog.
And in a side note, Patrick will be on the radio in Miami on Saturday. Patrick grew up in the area and played for Miami:
— High School Hysteria (@Hysteria1063) March 12, 2014