Thursday afternoon practice running blog

And we are done. It might be due to he lightning meter. I am sitting on metal bleachers. Not a good sign.

Update 5:47 — Connor Means is up with the third team.

Update 5:46 — Dajon Williams is in with the second team. UNT has lost a combined 4 yards on two first down runs. Williams misses low on his first pass of this series. It skipped off the turf. He missed on third down as well and threw it too far out of bounds.

Update 5:43 — Andrew McNulty is up with thye first team offense. McNulty hits Carlos Harris on second-and-long. Kenny Buyers almost knocked the ball free. McNulty didn’t look like he was on the same page with his receiver on third down and overshot him.

Update 5:42 — Connor Means is in with the third team. We haven’t seen much of him since UNT cut the QB race to three players.

Update 5:41 — Dajon Williams pulls the ball down the runs down the sideline while working with the third team.

Update 5:38 — Chad Polk came from the backside and took Greer down. He probably should have gotten rid of it a little quicker in that spot.

Update 5:37 — Andrew McNulty is up with the first team. and hit on a swing pass. Greer is back in with the second team.

Update 5:34 — Josh Greer is in with the second team. And there is a nice play. Greer rolls to the outside and throws a strike down the sideline. He finishes out with a 10 yard scramble. Greer moves better than people give him credit for.

Update 5:31 — Malik Dilgona picked up a sack of McNulty on first down. Dilonga is having a good spring. McNulty bounces back with a nice ball down the middle to Darvin Kidsy. McNulty scrambles up the middle on his third play. McNulty hits on his fourth play to the sideline.

Update 5:29 — And Greer finishes up with a nice strike down the middle. Impressive series for the JUCO transfer. McNulty is up with the first team.

Update 5:28 — Josh Greer is really helping himself here (yes, I’m a dope rapper). He hit on two straight balls, including one to Clayton Adams.

Update 5:26 — Josh Greer is up with the second team. Nice throw to the tight end on first down. This is one of those situational drills with set downs and distances. Greer scrambled on his second play and showed some wheels to pick up about 10 yards.

Update 5:25 — Dajon Williams just missed a receiver — threw it behind him.

Update 5:23 — Dajon Williams is up with the first team and missed on a screen pass. UNT’s defense had that one sniffed out.

Update 5:19 — Andrew McNulty just threw a nice ball down the sideline. Just as I type that, McNulty hit Darius Terrell down the middle on a nicely thrown deep ball.

Update 5:18 — Chad Polk just got into a fight with I think Harrison Sorge. Pretty spirited out here.

Update 5:17 — Dajon Williams threw a bad interception down the sideline to Freddie Warner.

Update 5:16 — Josh Greer just missed a wide open receiver down the middle, but came back to hit Darius Terrell on the sideline.

Update 5:13 — UNT is working on blocking punts and just got one.

update 5:07 — Carlos Harris and Darvin Kidsy are returning punts today.

Update 5:04 — Andrew McNulty is the second quarterback up today. He just hit Derrick Teegarden.

Update 5:03 — Derek Akunne made a great play to get into the backfield and make a tackle.

Update 5:01 — Greer is up first in team drills and just threw a nice ball to the slot receiver. I missed the number on the receiver. And Greer hit Darvin Kidsy on his second throw. Mike Canales praised the read Greer made on the throw to Kidsy.

Update 4:52 — Mark Lewis just made a terrific move in one-on-one tackling drills.

Update 4:48 — Derek Thompson has to have caught more passes this spring than he has in his life. He is helping out with the quarterbacks and is typically the player they throw to all day long. DT has shown some good hands throughout the spring. There are a couple of recruits on hand for practice today.

Update 4:38 — UNT’s offensive line is working through its typical practice drills. I bring it up because I wrote a little spring practice story for today’s paper on Cyril Lemon and the move he has made to tackle. It’s a temporary switch, but it’s one I can’t help but think it going to help his development. Dan McCarney thinks Lemon could be headed to the NFL, and he isn’t the only one. Lemon is starting to show up on the lists of players who will be drafted when their careers are over.

Update 4:32 — One issue that comes to mind while watching UNT go through special teams drills is how the Mean Green will fare without so many key players on the unit from a year ago. There was a running joke in the pressbox last year that any time UNT made a special teams tackle, it was Marcus Trice at the bottom of the pile. Trice is gone, as it Brelan Chancellor, one of the best returners UNT has ever had. Trice also blocked three kicks. UNT will have to find some new playmakers on special teams. Carlos Harris could be one. So could freshman Tee Goree when he gets to town in the fall.

It has stopped raining and UNT’s players have hit the turf here at Apogee Stadium for Thursday’s practice.

The skies cut loose in Denton for about 10 minutes or so. It flat poured. Another guy who showed up to watch today said that it hailed on this end of town.

This is the last workout before another key Saturday scrimmage.

The quarterback battle is still very much underway with Andrew McNulty, Josh Greer and Dajon Williams fighting it out for the spot. Each practice is important with the race being so close, although Dan McCarney has indicated the battle will stretch into the fall — or at least that is the expectation at this point.

UNT’s players are running through their pre-practice stretching routine.

This is one of the few practices UNT has had at Apogee. UNT likes to practice on the grass when it can.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but DMN columnist Rick Gosselin wrote a column today based largely on his conversation with UNT assistant coach Kevin Patrick, who has a unique perspective on the Cowboys defensive coaches and defensive line. Goose is a great writer and an even better guy. He has come up a few times to write UNT-related columns over the last couple of years.

Stay tuned, I will update the blog throughout today’s proceedings.

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