UNT head coach Dan McCarney held his weekly press conference this afternoon. The Mean Green were off last week and will return to action in a key game at Indiana. UNT is 2-2 with its two wins coming against 0-4 SMU and 0-5 Nicholls State.
UNT sees this game as a chance to prove itself and post what would be an attention-grabbing win over a Big 10 opponent. Indiana upset Missouri earlier this year.
The Hoosiers feature Tevinn Coleman, who leads the nation with an average of 172.8 rushing yards a game.
The good news for UNT is that it could have two veteran defensive linemen back this week. Senior defensive end Daryl Mason has yet to play this year due to an undisclosed injury. Dutton Watson, a key defensive tackle who intercepted a tipped pass in a win over SMU, is also expected to return.
In other news and notes …
– McCarney acknowledged that the fate of UNT’s season will hinge on its performance away from Apogee Stadium. UNT is 14-6 at Apogee Stadium under McCarney, but is just 6-15 on the road. McCarney attributed that discrepancy largely to the number of major conference opponents and ranked teams UNT has played on the road during his tenure, including Alabama, LSU, Kansas State and Georgia.
– Both McCarney and new starting quarterback Dajon Williams said he grew and gained experience during an open week after his first start against Nicholls. Williams accounted for five touchdowns against the Colonels.
– Wide receiver Darvin Kidsy will be UNT’s special teams captain this week after a standout performance returning punts in the Mean Green’s win over Nicholls. Kidsy had a 75-yard touchdown return and 132 punt return yards overall.
“We had an excellent open week and got a lot done. You want to have a combination of rest and rehab, but we also have so much room to improve as a football team. We want to keep that going and did a nice job of that. Academics is extremely important here. When we changed the culture of this program it started with a commitment to performing in the class room first. An off week gives our guys a chance to get caught up if they were behind or get ahead. We did a good job of that in the open week.”
– Dan McCarney, UNT head coach
“I feel a lot better than I did last week, but every week you have to prepare for a different team. I got a lot out of the open week, especially going against the ones. It helped motivate us. We pushed harder and moved the ball. If feel if I can move the ball against them, I can move it against anybody because we have one of the best defenses around.”
– Dajon Williams, UNT quarterback