Mason Y’Barbo talks about the opening day of practice, recruiting notes

UNT opened fall practice today. The workout was closed, as are all fall drills, but Dan McCarney and a few players talked after practice.

McCarney called UNT’s performance quite possibly the best for the first day of fall drills during his tenure with the Mean Green. We go into the reasons in the paper tomorrow, but a big part of it is the work strength coach Frank Wintrich and his staff put in over the summer with the players.

UNT’s coaches work with Wintrich to ensure the drills players do in the offseason translate to what they will need to do on the field in the fall.

In a side note, senior linebacker Derek Akunne missed part of practice after becoming ill. It sounds like it was something he ate or a bit of stomach flu.

Y’Barbo said he likes the way UNT’s young running backs look.

And in other news …

DeSoto wide receiver Akile Davis committed to BYU. We talked to Davis for our on-going UNT recruiting target series.

There was also some news on the basketball recruiting front. We mentioned in early July that UNT had offered Gage Ellis, who we talked to.

Ellis cut his list down to four schools he is still considering. UNT’s isn’t one of them.

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