North Texas held its annual media day at Apogee Stadium this morning.
UNT’s coaches and players were available and Seth Littrell conducted a little state of the union address. There were a few interesting tidbits of note …
It’s looking more and more like Mason Fine will be UNT’s backup quarterback
There was a point some time ago now when Littrell briefly commented on the fact that the optimum situation for a freshman quarterback is to redshirt and develop. More and more, it looks like that plan is out the window when it comes to Mason Fine
“Mason has had an unbelievable camp,” Littrell said. “I feel very confident in him. If he is the best guy – the best No. 2 – no we won’t redshirt him. It’s too long of a season. We have to make sure do everything we can to win football games. If he is the best guy, we won’t redshirt him.”
It seemed like a forgone conclusion once Alabama transfer Alec Morris arrived at UNT that he would start.
UNT brought in JUCO transfer Devin O’Hara, who looked like a perfect candidate to back up Morris while Fine developed.
It now appears like Fine could win the job.
UNT could line up a couple of different way along its offensive front
Sam Rice is UNT’s lone returning starter on its offensive line and will be the Mean Green’s rock up front. He moved from guard to center in the spring, but could play multiple positions this season.
Creighton Barr is UNT’s other center who has seen significant time in practice.
“A lot of it will depend on the style of defense we are playing if Sam or Creighton starts at center,” Littrell said.. “If one of them is at center, the other will be at guard.”
UNT is really coming together as a team
One big theme from media day was the way UNT’s players have come together as a team. The Mean Green have about 50 additions this year.
The more UNT’s players have worked together in practice, the better team chemistry has become. There is also a renewed sense of hope.
“It’s night and day compared to last year,” UNT wide receiver Terian Goree said. “I enjoy coming to practice and working with my brothers every day. I enjoyed it last year for the most part, but sometimes we didn’t want to be out here because we weren’t sure we could win.”