UNT went through its final scrimmage before its spring game next week today. We kept a running blog going throughout the proceedings.
I shot a little video with Dan McCarney, who gave his thoughts on where things stand at this point. It’s at the top of this post.
And now for some thoughts.
The story of the day was the improvement of UNT’s defense, which is what I wrote about for tomorrow’s paper.
There are a few news tidbits I wanted to get to before then, starting with some injury/who’s not playing information.
– McCarney expressly forbid the publication of injury info in the spring unless it was officially approved for dissemination. He did pull back the curtain just a smidgen. UNT has been without starting safety Lairamie Lee and backup Chad Davis who is out with a minor injury in addition to James Jones this spring. McCarney mentioned all three, and they are not the only ones who are not playing in that secondary.
As far as the rest of the proceedings, the more I watch, the more I am convinced that the quarterback race is down to Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer. McNulty appeared to push a little farther ahead today. Dajon Williams appears to be third and might be fading a bit.
A lot of UNT fans are throwing their hands up in the air as the reality of where things stand settles in.
I just don’t think there is any other way to look at it judging by what has gone on this spring.
Yes, I understand that Williams is the most athletic of the bunch and has the highest ceiling. I get that he looked good in the one game he played last year.
I get that McNulty has not inspired a ton of confidence based on the one start he had two years ago now and his performance in the past springs.
Here’s what one has to keep in mind — A lot has happened since then.
From what I’ve seen McNulty and Greer are UNT’s top two options — in that order — based on the way they have played during the spring up until this point.
And what has happened this spring is what matters.
There is more to being a quarterback than athletic ability. It’s about making the right reads, understanding what to do when the bullets are flying and leading a team.
Could Williams rally late in the spring and next fall?
The odds just seem long at this point.