UNT held its first scrimmage of fall practice today. We posted some notes earlier that I included at the bottom of this post.
The big news of the day was that there really was no huge news — at least not when it comes to the quarterback race that more and more seems to be down to veteran backup Andrew McNulty and JUCO transfer Josh Greer.
Dan McCarney provides a little insight in the video at the top of this post.
Where we did see some movement is in a few of the other position races that we talked about in today’s DRC story
Here are my initial notes from the workout that was closed to the media. McCarney and players were available after things wrapped up to talk about what went on:
– UNT ran 124 snaps did didn’t have any major injuries. A few players missed the workout, but are expected to be back on Monday. UNT coach Dan McCarney didn’t name names as part of his policy of not talking about injuries unless they are season-ending.
– Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer continue to work with the first team offense and have separated themselves in the quarterback race. This is just my gut feeling, but it’s pretty safe to say one of those two players is going to start at Texas.
– UNT was flagged 28 times during the scrimmage. That was for the first, second and third teams, so that number is a little inflated, but McCarney still called it beyond disappointing.
– Freshman running backs Jeffery Wilson and Willie Ivery continue to play well in practice and have made an impression.
– Marcus Smith is in position to secure the starting tight end job after serving as a backup behind departed seniors Drew Miller and Daniel Prior.
–Sed Ellis and Jamal Marshall are playing well at outside linebacker. UNT likes what it has at that spot.
– Oregon transfer Anthony Wallace has come on in the early stages of fall workouts. McCarney said Wallace might be UNT’s most improved player from the spring. He is in a battle with Fred Scott for the starting job at middle linebacker.
– Freshman linebacker Jalen Montgomery is also playing well in practice. He is on the bubble as far as whether or not he will play this year.
– It looks like freshman defensive lineman Tillman Johnson will play this year.
– Freshman defensive lineman T.J. Tauaalo could also play this season.
– Matthew Dash, the late JUCO add from California, is in a battle with Sheldon Wade to take over for Marcus Trice at one safety spot.