North Texas will conduct its first scrimmage of fall practice tomorrow at Apogee Stadium/the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility depending on the weather.
The workout is closed, like everything is during fall practice.
What goes on will have an impact on some key position battles and the Mean Green’s plans in general heading into its season-opener at Texas on Aug. 30. Here are some thoughts on the key issues UNT faces …
What happens in the quarterback race?
We keep going back to this point, and have a good reason to do so. UNT’s coaches just don’t sound like they are any closer to picking a starter to replace Derek Thompson. Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer lead the chase, but UNT has not ruled out Dajon Williams or Connor Means. The latest comments from Dan McCarney will be in the paper in the morning. Here’s a sample:
“We have a good rotation going,” McCarney said. “Dajon has definitely improved from what we saw in the spring, but right now McNulty and Greer have the advantage because that is where they were coming out of spring ball. They have a little better grasp of everything right now.”
McCarney said UNT doesn’t plan to name a starter any time soon.
Tomorrow’s scrimmage offers a big opportunity for a quarterback to make his move, especially if it is either McNulty or Greer, who seemingly are in the best position at this point.
Are any other position battles over or at least progressing?
While the quarterback race has been the focus of camp, it’s far from the only position up for grabs. McCarney said UNT has more open spots than in any time during his tenure at UNT.
UNT still has spots open on its defensive line and at linebacker. I heard in passing that outside linebacker Jamal Marshall is playing well.
The Mean Green’s defensive line is one huge question mark at this point. McCarney would like to rotate nine players up front, but who are the leading candidates to start?
We could know more after tomorrow’s scrimmage.
How’s the depth at tackle?
UNT lost just one starter off its offensive line last season in tackle LaChris Anyiam, but doesn’t have a lot of proven depth at that spot. The issue only became more important when JUCO tackle Darren Denucci didn’t work out and left the program. Denucci was worth rolling the dice on, but his departure leaves a pretty unproven batch of players in Ryan Rentfro, Connor Trussell and Harrison Sorge one sprained ankle away from starting.
How’s Reggie Pegram doing?
Running back Reggie Pegram is going to be a big part of UNT’s plans offensively. He missed the last five games of the 2013 season with a knee injury. I have been told he looks great in practice. UNT has a ton of depth at running back, but is Pegram back to the point where he is comfortable in a game-like situation?
I fully anticipate that is the case, but tomorrow will be the first extended game-like action he has seen since last year.