One of the surprising aspects of UNT’s season thus far has been the way UNT has struggled to run the ball at times.
The Mean Green had a terrific night in a win over SMU, rolling up 245 yards, but hasn’t been as effective the rest of the year.
UNT managed just 79 yards on the ground in a loss to Texas and 104 in a loss to Louisiana Tech.
That might not sound like a big of a drop-off, but if one looks at recent UNT history it is a bit of a dip in production.
UNT was held to less than 110 yards in a game only four times all of last season.
Those four games were against Ohio (104), Georgia (7), Tulane (34) and UTSA (105).
What do those four games have in common? They are the only four games UNT lost all year.
UNT also lost the Texas and Louisiana Tech games this season.
Bottom line — UNT has lost six straight while rushing for less than 110 yards.
There are several reasons UNT has fallen under the 110-yard mark a couple of times this year.
To review …
– UNT has really struggled to throw the ball down the field, or anywhere else for that matter.
– The Mean Green’s offensive line is in a state of flux due to the graduation of LaChris Anyiam and the shuffling around that caused. A few key injuries haven’t helped and have forced UNT to shuffle things around even more. UNT head Dan McCarney likes to keep his injury issues a secret, but there have been some key guys dealing with issues this year in UNT’s offensive front.
– The loss of Brandin Byrd hasn’t helped matters either. Byrd might not have been a spectacular runner, but he was rock solid in what he did. The guy did pass the 1,000-yard mark last season. UNT started out with Reggie Pegram in the starting lineup, but turned to Jeffrey Wilson in its last game. UNT likes to rotate its running backs, but doesn’t seem to have hit a rhythm yet. UNT is averaging 3.2 yards a carry. And now Wilson is hurt as well.
UNT will look to sort things out tomorrow in a game against Nicholls State before things get tough at Indiana and UAB after that.
And in a side note, the UNT volleyball team’s match against No. 24 Kansas is on ESPN3 at the moment. UNT is already down a set. UNT is 9-1 and off to the best start in school history.