The search for new playmakers on the defensive side of the ball was one of the key story lines for UNT heading into fall practice.
Head coach Dan McCarney and two of the Mean Green’s key veteran defensive players — linebacker Derek Akunne and defensive end Jarrian Roberts — both said after practice on Tuesday that UNT is seeing some players emerge in the late stages of two-a-days.
Freshman defensive end Tillman Johnson, sophomore linebacker Sed Ellis and sophomore cornerback Chad Davis were among the players McCarney and Akunne named.
I will have more on what McCarney and his players had to say about the emergence of those young players in the paper tomorrow.
In other news of the day …
– McCarney talked a little about Kilgore College defensive tackle Michael Igwe today. Igwe is a walk-on who went through his first workout in pads this morning. He’s 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds. He has caught the attention of UNT fans for a good reason — UNT lacks size up front after the graduation of tackle Richard Abbe. It sounds like there is a long way to go for Igwe to work his way into a playing role. I wouldn’t expect to see him on the field any time soon.
– We reported a while back that Aderius Epps, a former Cedar Hill offensive lineman who began his career at Kansas State, planned to transfer to UNT. McCarney said today that he has yet to talk to Epps, but has been told that he wants to join the Mean Green. Epps walked right through the lobby of the Mean Green Athletic Center after practice. I am assuming that conversation will take place today. I’m not saying that his transfer to UNT is a done deal. McCarney sure didn’t, but all signs point that direction.