UNT went through its first scrimmage of spring practice today. The Mean Green ran 72 plays.
We’ll go over some general impressions, but first a few news items of note:
– Longtime UNT graduate assistant coach Victor Gill has joined the staff at Texas as a graduate assistant coach. Gill is one of the good stories of recent years in UNT football. Gill, a former Argyle standout, was supposed to join UNT as a grayshirt back in 2006, but landed a late scholarship.
“We decided to bring him in now,” former UNT coach Darrell Dickey told me back then. “At some point there is no question that he will contribute to the program.”
Gill went on to be a standout offensive lineman for UNT, worked for the program for years as a graduate assistant and is about to marry Jessica Hulsebosch, one of the all-time greats when it comes to the UNT volleyball program.
UNT put out this video on the couple a few weeks back. I never got around to posting it on the blog.
UNT should send out the scholarship offers now. If those two have kids, they will be really, really good at something.
That is kind of a detour as far as spring practice goes, but those two are two of the good people to come through UNT, who I wanted to at least acknowledge on their way out.
– The other big news item of the day is on the status of JUCO quarterback DaMarcus Smith. He is ineligible to participate in spring, but was at practice today. The question was posed on the sideline as to what he can do during spring practice. He can watch, but he can’t have a playbook to study.
– There were a host of UNT recruits who have already signed and will arrive in the fall at practice, including Jordan Murray, Chett Munden, Ashton Preston, D’Aundrey Bradley and Elex Woodworth. I mentioned the other day that Guyer product Kevin Dillman was introduced last week and the term “tight end” was mentioned very loudly. Dan McCarney has players introduce themselves and say where they are from and what position they play. That puts a little perspective on what went down with Dillman. I was too far away to catch the entire introduction last week.
– There were also a host of high school seniors at practice, I would guess at least two dozen. Pilot Point coach Rob Best brought a big chunk of his team by.
And in other news …
– Former UNT standouts Zach Orr and Brelan Chancellor were on hand.
As far as the quarterback race goes …
– Andrew McNulty was up first all day and threw a perfect strike to tight end Marcus Smith in the back of the end zone, which might have been his best throw of the day.
– Connor Means continues to move well and looks like he can run with the ball. He had a touchdown run today.
– Dajon Williams also showed some mobility.
– Kenny Buyers picked off a Josh Greer pass and returned it for a touchdown.
The bottom line is that UNT’s quarterbacks didn’t set the world on fire, but didn’t do a bad job, either. And that appeared to bring UNT right back to where it was when it went into its first scrimmage. McNulty is UNT’s starter with Greer, Williams and Means, who looks like he could be an option down the line, battling for the backup job.
As far as practice observations go …
– UNT continued to use an SMU helmet as a motivational prop during drills.
– UNT continued to struggle with low snaps.
– Running back Andrew Tucker broke free for a long touchdown run.
– Wide receiver O’Keeron Rutherford had a nice day.
– Wide receiver Daniel Kahn made a nice grab in team drills.
– Defensive end Chad Polk posted a sack in team drills.
– Austin Orr made an impressive stop and seemed to have a good day.
– Willy Ivery posted a long touchdown run.