From today’s paper: UNT vs. Texas key matchup

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Texas features two of the top running backs in the country in Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray.

Both are on the watch list for the Doak Walker award that goes to the nation’s top running back and combined to rush for 1,684 yards last season.

Texas will be sure to feed the ball to both early and often as it continues to adjust to new coach Charlie Strong’s physical style of play. Brown and Gray are well equipped to power that type of attack.

Brown is a bruiser at 222 pounds, while Gray checks in at 215 pounds.

UNT head coach Dan McCarney described both as outstanding backs.

That duo will operate behind an offensive line that will average 304 pounds a player. The combination will present a challenge for UNT’s defense that is led by senior linebacker Derek Akunne, the only returning starter in the Mean Green’s defensive front seven.

UNT will average just 252 pounds a player on its defensive line. McCarney hopes to make up for a lack of size by rotating players to keep them fresh. Whether or not that strategy works will be a key factor in UNT’s success in slowing Gray and Brown.

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