Thursday afternoon notes (UNT trio works out out at Dallas Day, Joeckel to TCU)

Former North Texas linebacker Zach Orr will participate in the Cowboys' annual Dallas Day today, when former local high school standouts who went on to play college football will work out for team officials. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

It was a big day for former UNT standouts Zach Orr, Derek Thompson and Aaron Bellazin, who participated in the Cowboys annual Dallas Day.

The concept is a pretty smart one for the local NFL team. There are a ton of great high school players in the Dallas area who go on to play at colleges across the country. Several develop into NFL-caliber players every year.

The Cowboys invite dozens of the best back to work out.

The team’s scouting department knows who the best players in the draft are going to be. The Dallas Day event gives the Cowboys a chance to see the guys who might be a little under the radar.

Former UNT standout Lance Dunbar was a standout at Dallas Day, went on to make the team as an undrafted free agent and appears to be on his way to a productive NFL career as long as he can recover from a knee injury that cut his season short a year ago.

Thompson, a three-year starter at quarterback and the MVP of the Heart of Dallas Bowl; Orr, one of the best linebackers in recent Mean Green history, and Bellazin, a productive defensive end, all worked out.

Bellazin posted on his Twitter account that he was thankful for the opportunity.

We also posted yesterday that there were a few people speculating that former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel could end up at SMU, which is on UNT’s schedule next year. Multiple outlets are now reporting that he will end up at TCU.

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