Leftovers are usually for the rest of the week, but here on the blog they are material for Sunday night.
– First off, a few people have dropped me e-mail to suggest that the solution to UNT’s quarterback issues in its opening game is to pull Dajon Williams off the bench and throw him out there. It can’t be any worse, right?
I see the sentiment, but here’s the point. UNT’s coaches have spent more than a year trying to figure out who is going to take over for Derek Thompson, a largely under appreciated future UNT Hall of Famer I said UNT would miss.
All of the preseason reps were invested in Josh Greer and Andrew McNulty. UNT’s coaches believe they are the best two players based on a body of work that goes well beyond one game. UNT isn’t going to change course because of one game that no one (with the notable exception of a handful of UNT fans who have been hitting the green Kool-aid way too hard) thought the Mean Green had a prayer to win.
UNT would be nuts to go that route.
Dan McCarney said that teams improve most from the first week of the season to the second, which is the old coaching cliche. UNT just has to hope that is the case with its two quarterbacks. There is no other option, even though both really struggled. Greer went 2-for-11 for 8 yards with two interceptions, while McNulty went 1-for-6 for 7 yards with two interceptions.
And in other news …
– One fact I didn’t mention last night is that defensive end Daryl Mason missed the game with an injury he suffered in practice leading up to the game. Mason should be back for the SMU game, which should help matters.
– UNT put some young players out there right off the bat, including running backs Jeffrey Wilson (22 yards) and Willy Ivery (minus 1 yard). Wilson also caught a 4-yard pass.
– McCarney wasn’t particularly pleased with UNT’s pass protection. Greer noted after the game that Texas blitzed the Mean Green on 26 of 28 first half plays. UNT came into the game having given up just 17 sacks in the last two years combined. Texas finished with four and had several other big hits on Greer and McNulty. Whoever is in there is going to take a beating if UNT can’t throw the ball down the field. And one has to wonder about UNT’s ability to do that after the departure of so many key receivers and the way Greer and McNulty continually under shot or over shot their receivers.
And just in case you missed it, here is the slideshow of David Minton photos we put together after the game.