A look at players with a lot to gain on Saturday

North Texas quarterback Andrew McNulty throws a pass in the Mean Green's spring game a year ago at Apogee Stadium. McNulty will be one of several players with a lot to gain in this year's spring game on Saturday. (DRC file photo)

UNT’s spring game is scheduled for Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The game is always a key opportunity for players to make a move and improve their chances of playing heading into the fall.

Who are some of the players with the most to gain/lose?

Here’s a list and some thoughts on each player:

1A. Andrew McNulty – The story of the spring has been the quarterback battle between McNulty, Josh Greer and Dajon Williams. Right now it appears as if McNulty is slightly leading the race over Greer. A big game could help the McNulty secure the starting job heading into the fall. We have mentioned this before, but it really is do-or-die time for McNulty. He will be a junior in the fall. Greer will be a sophomore and Williams a redshirt freshman (assuming he gets that medical redshirt for last season). If McNulty can’t beat out Greer this year, he could end up as a career backup. He has to capitalize this week.

1B. Josh Greer – While McNulty appears to be at the top at this point in the quarterback race, Greer seems to be right behind. The JUCO transfer is elusive and has a solid arm. What he doesn’t have is experience in UNT’s system. The spring game will give Greer a chance to show that he has a handle on what UNT is doing and the ability to make plays within the confines of the system.

3. Malik Dilonga – The sophomore defensive end from is from Trinity Christian, a tiny school, and had a long way to go when he got to UNT. More and more this spring, it appears as if Dilonga is making the adjustment to playing at the college level. He has the size at 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds to play at the college level and has great athleticism. UNT is getting thin at defensive end with Quenton Brown out with a torn ACL. Dilonga is going to get a chance to play this year. How much could depend in part on his performance in the spring game.

4. Sir Calvin Wallace – UNT is a little small on the defensive front overall and could really use an anchor inside to replace Richard Abbe. Wallace is about the only big body defensive tackle UNT has at 293 pounds. He hasn’t shown much in his time at UNT. Saturday’s spring game will give him a chance to turn things around. Sid Moore has had a terrific spring. Mustafa Haboul has also played well. Those guys are going to play. Wallace could be on the outside looking in if he doesn’t make a move in the spring game.

5. John Chelf – The senior is in a spot similar to that of McNulty. He is in do-or-die time. Chelf has made plays this spring and seems to have helped himself. Brelan Chancelor and Darnell Smith are gone, which has opened up spots in UNT’s wide receiver rotation. Carlos Harris, Darius Terrell and Darvin Kidsy are going to play. Could Chelf be that fourth guy? The spring game could give him a chance to show he can be.

6. Erick Evans – All the former Air Force prep school running back has done this spring is impress everyone at practice from teammates to coaches. There is always a player in the spring who jumps out when no one expects him to. Some of those players show up in the fall as well and play major roles, others vanish into the night never to be heard from again. I have a feeling that Evans pans out. The spring game will give him the opportunity to improve his stake.

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