Monday evening notes — Spokesman: All of UNT’s players have reported

North Texas players reported for the beginning of summer conditioning on Monday. The Mean Green enters the summer looking to build on its win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

As I mentioned earlier today, UNT’s players reported for the beginning of the summer conditioning program/summer school.

I checked in and was told that everyone reported when it comes to UNT’s football team.

That’s a great sign for UNT, which will now have all summer to go through the grind of lifting and running and getting better in general before the beginning of the season.

UNT’s basketball players have also begun reporting. The one tidbit of note there is that key signee Muhammed Ahmed, a power forward out of Gillette College in Wyoming, won’t be in until he finishes his JC degree.

I don’t have an exact ETA, but Armani Flannigan was a late arrival last year. UNT attributed his struggles to adjust to playing at the major college level at least in part to missing the off-season program.

Just something to watch.

This is also the time of year when magazines and websites begin churning out their predictions of how teams will fare this year.

Athlon Sports came out today and picked UNT No. 86 on its rankings of the best teams in college football.

The preview makes all the pertinent point:

– UNT needs a new quarterback

– UNT has just one starter in its front seven on defense back

– UNT has a really good offensive line

It all comes down to whether or not UNT can fill the holes and find the form it showed last season behind a really good senior class.

And in other news from around Conference USA, UTSA picked up a big transfer today. Austin Jupe, a San Antonio native who was a Top 100 recruit in Texas as a senior, is transferring in from Baylor. Jupe will sit out this season, but could be a key player from the line for UTSA. Marcus Trice came to UNT under similar circumstances. That worked out pretty well for UNT.

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