North Texas coach Seth Littrell held his weekly press conference today in advance of the Mean Green’s game at UTSA on Saturday.
There were not any huge news items to come out of this week’s rundown of where the Mean Green stand. The discussion centered on where UNT stands after improving to 4-3 and inching closer to becoming bowl-eligible.
The Mean Green took a big step in the right direction with a 35-18 win over Army.
Littrell attributed that win largely to the way the Mean Green prepared through a bye week and were ready to play on Saturday.
“Last week we took another step toward being able to prepare better,” Littrell said. “Last week was our best week of practice. It carried over into the game. We played well together. We didn’t play great in all three phases, but we did enough for us to be successful and come out of there with a win against a quality opponent in Army that is extremely difficult to get ready for.”
UNT played one of its more complete games in its win over Army and will now turn its attention to the Roadrunners. UTSA lost an epic five overtime game to UTEP last week.
Littrell said UNT and UTSA are in similar positions in terms of their programs as they settle in under new coaching staffs. Frank Wilson is in his first season at the school.
And in other news and notes …
– Littrell said he didn’t see anything on tape when reviewing the Army game that explained why UNT didn’t throw the ball particularly well in its win over the Black Knights. UNT had receivers open. Mason Fine was a bit off and threw for 118 yards.
– Eric Jenkins was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception for a touchdown and picking off another pass during UNT’s win over Army.
– Containing UTSA’s running game will be key. The Roadrunners are averaging 161 rushing yards a game.
– UNT should be a little healthier this week after getting through the Army game in pretty good shape.
– UNT is seeing some benefits from a good start to the season in terms of its reception from high school players and coaches.