UNT will go through another key spring scrimmage tomorrow. A few people have asked what time UNT will be on the field. I have been told the scrimmage is at 8:30 a.m.
History tells us that the time can be a bit of a moving target based on weather and a number of other factors. I try to show up early to be sure I don’t miss anything.
As far as what to watch, here are some of the major story lines (including the obvious one):
How does the quarterback battle progress?
The race between Andrew McNulty, Josh Greer and Dajon Williams has been the story of the spring. That should surprise absolutely no one.
Whether UNT supporters want to admit it or not, Derek Thompson left some rather large shoes to fill. I have a feeling UNT will miss the three-year starter. He wasn’t the fastest guy and he made mistakes just like every other quarterback, but he knew what he was doing and won a lot of games.
That experience is going to be tough to replace.
I have been out there most of the way throughout the spring.
My impression at this point is that Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer have taken a bit of a lead on Dajon Williams, the other player in the race.
The problem seems to be that no one has jumped up and taken control. Dan McCarney recently said that he expects the race to extend into the fall. Saturday’s scrimmage will offer McNulty and Greer a chance to shine in a race that is wide open.
What does UNT’s lineup at defensive end look like?
UNT recently found out that Quenton Brown has torn his ACL again. That news raised the annual “UNT Defensive Front Panic Meter” up another notch. UNT seemed to be in a world of hurt last year before Ryan Boutwell and Brandon McCoy got healthy, Richard Abbe emerged from the doghouse and everything worked out.
UNT is right back where it started with a host of questions after four guys who started most of the year graduated and assistant coach Mike Nelson retired.
UNT brought in a great new coach in Kevin Patrick, but has more holes than your average slice of Swiss cheese. Alexander Lincoln and Daryl Mason have played quite a bit, but there are a lot of young guys UNT is depending on to come through.
Defensive end Malik Dilonga seems to be coming on.
Does anyone on that front make a move tomorrow?
Will a wide receiver or running back help himself?
Several players who made UNT was it was last season in terms of offensive playmakers have departed stage left, including Brelan Chancellor and Brandin Byrd.
Running back Antoinne Jimmerson and wide receiver Carlos Harris are proven and will play. Running back Reggie Pegram will also play a key role when he comes back from injury in the fall.
Running back Erick Evans has worked his way into the depth chart and likely a job in the fall and wide receiver Darvin Kidsy has looked good as well.
Does anyone else make a push tomorrow?
Check back on the blog about 8:30ish and find out.