There have been a few lists to come out over the last few days that relate to North Texas athletics.
Here goes …
First off, Athlon’s rated the top quarterback transfers at FBS schools entering the 2016 season.
UNT has Alec Morris from Alabama, who checks in at No. 10. It seems like a foregone conclusion at this point that Morris will be the Mean Green’s starter next season.
Morris had a solid spring as is by far the most physically capable and talented quarterback UNT has on its roster.
What makes the list all the more interesting is the number of players on the list at Conference USA schools. Mike White transferred to Western Kentucky from South Florida and is ranked No. 6 on the list. The Hilltoppers also have Tyler Ferguson, who came in from Louisville and is listed at No. 23.
Zack Greenlee transferred from Fresno State to UTEP and will be just as important for the Miners as Morris is to UNT. Greenlee checked in at No. 17
Jared Johnson transferred to Texas-San Antonio from Sam Houston and is ranked just behind Morris at No. 11. Johnson is the polar opposite of Morris as a transfer.
Johnson was the Southland Offensive Player of the Year after accounting for 2,686 total yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015. He has some serious skins on the wall in comparison to Morris. who pretty much sat the bench four four years at Alabama.
Western Kentucky is going to be pretty good no matter who it picks to lead its offense. When it comes to the C-USA West Division race, how Morris, Greenlee and Johnson loom large.
The teams that made the best picks will have the best chance to make a run at a bowl berth.
The Sporting News also recently came out with its rankings of all the coaches in college football.
New UNT coach Seth Littrell came in 128th — dead last.
I don’t think Littrell is the worst coach in college football. My guess is he could be pretty good.
The problem is he has no track record and is taking over a program with a very well established track record as a loser since the end of the Miracle Bowl Run in 2004. UNT has posted just one winning season since winning four straight Sun Belt Conference titles.