Summer football questions series — Part II: How does UNT’s QB situation shake out?

Andrew McNulty throws a pass during North Texas' spring game at Apogee Stadium. McNulty will compete with Josh Greer and Dajon Williams for the starting job in fall practice. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

It seems like we have been here before when it comes to UNT football.

Let’s turn the clock back a little.

UNT was fresh off a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Quarterback Derek Thompson was named the game’s MVP, further solidifying his status as one of the program’s all-time best quarterbacks any way one slices it.

And so UNT fans wondered in the days leading up to spring practice — Who will take over next season after the departure of the senior starter?

At that point the possibilities were:

A. Andrew McNulty – The longtime backup has more college experience than anyone left at UNT and knows the system, what the coaching staff wants and his teammates’ capabilities. The former Iowa prep standout doesn’t have a rocket for an arm, but had a jump on the competition.

B. Dajon Williams – The talented redshirt freshman flashed his natural abilities and pushed Thompson before settling into a backup role. Williams showed some potential in an appearance as a backup in his lone game, a win over Idaho, but then vanished for the rest of the season.

C. Josh Greer – UNT clearly wanted an insurance policy and picked up a pretty good one in the former UAB signee and JUCO standout. UNT recruited Greer out of high school and ended up getting him later than expected when he arrived in December.

Weeks and weeks went by in the spring. The spring game came and went. And here’s the bottom line:

UNT is right back where it started.

Williams fell out of the competition early, ended up getting hurt and missed the spring game.

Greer finished 10-for-16 for 152 yards in the spring game, when McNulty went 15-for-24 for 217 yards.

And to make matters even more complicated, freshman Connor Means might have looked better than anyone.

“The race is on,” coach Dan McCarney said after the game. “Who is going to be our best guy? We are not even close to making a decision.”

McCarney then said that McNulty, Greer and Williams are all still in the race.

That evaluation raises the question — If UNT hasn’t picked a quarterback by now, does it have a quarterback it can be confident in?

To be fair, McCarney and offensive coordinator Mike Canales said that UNT has talented players at quarterback and multiple guys it can win with.

They also have a lot of issues to sort through before UNT opens the season.

No matter who UNT goes with at this point, it’s going to head into next season with a quarterback with limited experience. McNulty and Williams threw six passes each last season. Greer has never taken a snap at UNT.

And it doesn’t look like UNT is a whole lot closer to making a decision about what to do than it was before spring ball.

My feelings are well known on this one. UNT is going to miss Thompson. Call him a bus driver if you want. Say that he didn’t make plays, if it makes you feel better.

But let’s not forget this …

Bottom line, Thompson made a lot of plays. He’s not going to be easy to replace.

The fact that UNT will head into the fall without an answer for who will take over only makes the quarterback issue all the more important heading into the fall.

Thus, the quarterback situation comes in at No. 2 on our list of UNT’s key questions heading into the fall.

UNT summer football questions series:
1. Can UNT football maintain momentum?
2. How does UNT’s QB situation shake out?

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