The big news to come out of Dan McCarney’s press conference today is that UNT will open up the competition for the starting quarterback job heading into the week of practice leading up to the SMU game.
UNT will face the Mustangs at 11 a.m. on Saturday in its nationally televised home opener.
Josh Greer made the first start of his time at UNT in the Mean Green’s loss to Texas and really struggled, going 2-for-11 for 8 yards with two interceptions. UNT turned to Andrew McNulty, who didn’t do any better, finishing 1-for-6 for 7 yards with two interceptions. UNT has been looking for a new quarterback since the Heart of Dallas Bowl when Derek Thompson wrapped up his career. The search will continue this week .
McCarney wouldn’t rule out the possibility that UNT could look beyond Greer and McNulty for its stater against SMU. UNT fans have been calling for backup Dajon Williams, who showed flashes of being special in one series at the end of last season’s opener against Idaho.
Williams and freshman Connor Means could get a chance this week.
I doubt UNT goes that direction and turns to Williams, but McCarney wouldn’t rule out that possibility.
And in other news …
– UNT is hoping to get defensive end Daryl Mason back this week. The senior was injured in practice leading up to the Texas game and didn’t play. He is UNT’s most experienced player up front.
– In what is a pretty remarkable turn of events for UNT, the Mean Green didn’t lose anyone to injury in its loss to Texas. The Longhorns lost center Dominic Espinosa to a broken ankle and quarterback David Ash to a concussion.
– McCarney and his players reiterated that they were upset with the way UNT struggled in pass protection. UNT gave up four sacks against the Longhorns after surrendering 11 all last season. McCarney said UNT was just whipped up front at times.
– McCarney called for UNT fans to pack the stands for the Mean Green’s game against SMU. UNT has yet to sell out Apogee Stadium, which opened in 2011.
“We have an 11 a.m. kickoff in a game on national television. I am hoping our fans will really respond. We’ve gone from 1-16 to 12-5 at home. Do you think we did that by ourselves? No. We need our fans. I hope we can pack this place.”
– Dan McCarney, UNT head coach on Saturday’s game agaisnt SMU