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North Texas 34 TxSouthern 7

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Let’s be real. That should have been a 70-3 game at worst. Derek Thompson over-threw, under-threw and poorly-threw. The student section was legit, however.

The rest of the fan base didn’t really show up. Now, I don’t know the breakdown nor do I really care. Eric Capper did say it best:

 

Well, most interestingly, the last part: “no excuses.”

  • North Texas is coming off an improved season
  • UNT alums are in the spotlight: Jamize Olawale, Lance Dunbar, Craig Robertson.
  • Rangers were out of town.
  • Saturday was a gorgeous day
  • First game of the season

There are two variables that could possibly explain the relatively low turnout:

  • LSU won 41-14, mitigating the excitement
  • TSU isn’t a prestige game

Of the two, I think the first is probably the biggest factor. I mean, perennial comparison UTSA drew 30K to their game against Texas-A&M Commerce.

I’ll leave the haranguing about that to you. For what it’s worth, UNT has done a great job pushing the home games and following up. I received a survey call asking about my experience at Apogee today actually. I gave glowing reviews.

Despite the relatively disappointing attendance from (talking about regular, non-student, non-die hard folk) it was nice to be able to grab some concessions without fighting through a terrible line. Some of this is due to the design of the stadium. There are wide concourses and plenty of setups. More reason to show up.

 

On to the game proper:

This game should have been a trouncing. I mean, look at the dominance of the running game. 352 yards rushing on 57 carries and 4 touchdowns. That is an average of 6.2 yards a pop, guys. It is difficult to determine which player was the most impressive without re-watching at the game. Antoinne Jimmerson was at 9.3 yards a carry and probably has the most runs that people remember. Brandin Byrd was doing the hard stuff early and Jimmerson and Jeremy Brown benefited later. Still, AJ is an explosive player and showed it.

Derek Thompson didn’t play well. We all know this so we won’t go into amazing detail. Chris Bynes was open on a streak and the pass was underthrown early. Later, Brelan was open on a wheel and was –ahem– WIDE OPEN. The pass was overthrown.

Dan McCarney has talked about this. Derek Thompson has talked about this. Yes, even the next opponent Kansas State has talked about this. It was the biggest downer of a nice evening in North Texas.

Seriously, UNT controlled the game throughout. Even when Derek tossed that interception, and even when TSU snuck a 59-yard TD pass in there the game wasn’t in doubt. The Tiger’s offense was bottled up and never threatened seriously. It could have used a few more touchdowns by the home team.

That said, the goal was to have some fun and not get hurt. Unfortunately there were some injuries. Vito calls this portion of the season for-all-intents-and-purposes-preseason. I look at it as more of an opportunity. This weekend will draw the potential casual fan. Lots of college football fans will have the game on their TVs even for a moment and primed for conversion.

Last weekend we had as similar chance. It was taken advantage of, though not fully. Seeing a nice 70-3 thrashing turns more heads than a solid 34-7 win. Still, the win got the fringe fan excited and feeling good. So while beating up on lower tier schools doesn’t get the Advanced Fan excited, it has lots of benefits.

All in all, I think Sean Connery sums it up best:

<a href=”http://instagram.com/p/PVWV5TLCXH/”>Best Pic of The Night</a>

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9: Optimism

In this week’s episode:

Adam and Tony talk about the LSU game, attendance figures, women’s soccer, recap the Sun Belt/CUSA, and more.

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2012 Season Preview

As of this writing, we are less than a week away from the 2012 season. Last year was mostly about Apogee and new beginnings. This year, we will know more about the direction of the program that Dan McCarney is guiding in his second season. It is still a season of transition and silliness. Past decisions still affect the current edition. The schedule includes only five home games because of concessions made for Apogee’s inaugural year. The roster is a mix of unproven guys that don’t necessarily fit the program philosophy or, according to Coach Danny Mac, FBS quality. Everyone said Dan can coach and the program is lucky to have hired him. We have seen first hand that he at least knows how to make the team look like a real college football team and not the hilarity that was on the field for a few years under Dodge.

There is a lot to look forward to. Jamize Olawale is bringing attention to North Texas the way that we expected Lance Dunbar to do, and the move to CUSA brings some in-state rivals next season. Tony Mitchell and the run of sustained success the basketball team has had brings the school more attention and thus North Texas Football has another chance to shine. Failing that, it at least has a chance to look respectable.

Lord knows that for all the glory brought to us from the Super Pit, UNT won’t be taken seriously in the Metroplex unless the football team is winning. That is the unhappy truth we must live with.

“It makes us feel good,” UNT wide receiver Brelan Chancellor said. “[Coach McCarney] has faith in us, and we have faith in him. We are going to go out there and compete with a hard-edge mentality and try to win games. That’s what we need, for him to put the pressure on us. That will get us going.”

// DRC //

That Brelan quote is in response to Coach Mac being all inspiring and whatnot. That 5-7 season that felt so good? He says it is unacceptable. It is all a matter of perspective, you see. Being an also-ran in the ‘Belt with a just-under .500 record made a good number of die-hard fans feel like we won a gold medal. We didn’t, though. A good leader knows when to congratulate and when to motivate. Danny Mac is a good leader and is done congratulating. Now he is motivating.

So now we are going for wins. It seems obvious, aren’t we always trying to win? Not really. Sometimes teams try to win with conditions. Some teams try to win by doing it their way. They don’t like getting wins however they may come. What kind of team will the 2012 UNT Mean Green Eagles be? Well, let’s find out.

Offense

Former Interim Coach Mike Canales will continue his changing of the offense from a dink and dunk super finesse spread to a physical, running balanced spread. It isn’t so much about tight ends or getting under center as an attitude and philosophy. Mike Canales is willing to run the ball — and his head coach wants tough, big and strong lineman. Pair that with the good fortune that North Texas has in finding a quality running back and we might just have a quality rushing attack by accident. This isn’t the first time we went into a season without a no-doubt starter in the backfield. When Jamario Thomas graduated we went into the next season thinking the story was going to be about Cam Montgomery. Lance Dunbar stole the show. He is only the most productive back in UNT history.

RBsBrandin Byrd, Reggie Pegram (appeal denied), Antoinne Jimmerson, Jeremy Brown, Jamarcus Jarvis and Mark Lewis.

The good news is that we have everything we want in a running back in this group, albeit spread among the members. There is strength, experience, speed and quickness, and the competition should have ’em all really motivated. The by-committee approach may be ugly but PreSnap Read thinks it’ll be slightly more effective than the Dunbar-led attack last season. Think of it as a variation on the Ewing Theory. I figure we’ll get something along the lines of Brandin moving the chains and Jimmerson hitting home runs. So far in practice, AJ is shaking people up, yo.

WRs: BRELAN! (Brelan Chancellor), Chris Bynes, Ivan Delgado, Chaz Sampson, Derrick Teegarden, Lynrick Pleasant, Nick Shrapps, Carlos Harris, John Chelf (Iowa Transfer that will play), Darnell Smith (JUCO walk-on).

Darius Terrell lost his appeal for a waiver. He’ll have to sit out a year. Roderick Lancaster, (whose NCAA 13 version led my UNT squad in receiving as a freshman) hurt his knee and will be out for the season. This isn’t the most intimidating wide out corps but it has some potential. Brelan is a playmaker. We will be trying to get him the ball anyway we can, in every place we can. The defense knows this, too. The good news? We don’t need a standout guy. It would be really nice, but it isn’t necessary. It is very possible to have a productive offense with a good line, a solid running back and three sold receivers. By most accounts, we have all these. Chancellor, Bynes, and Delgado combined for 100 receptions 1204 yard and 10 scores. Given another year together it isn’t unrealistic to predict a 10% increase in production from those guys (and Derek Thompson). The unproven guys just need to combine for something like 99 catches 1000 yards and 4 scores to equal last years total. With Andrew Power, and Drew Miller looking good, just one of five Other Guys needs to be decent.

A good spread offense is one where the ball finds the open players. You shouldn’t have to force the ball to a guy to get yards. That is the thinking at least. I dare say this group can be solid. No scoring records will be set, yet I don’t foresee the terribleness that was the final year of the Dickey era.

It all rests on the shoulders of . . .

QBs: Derek Thompson (recent grad!), Brent Osborn, Andrew McNulty (likely redshirting).

We have seen what happens when an injury plague visits upon this position. It was a whole lot of scrambling and hoping for broken tackles on screen plays. Thompson had himself a solid fall practice. He went out and got himself a degree quicker than most of you did yours. He looks comfortable and has the confidence of his teammates (named team captain again). The offense primarily rests in his right arm. He will be responsible for getting the ball into the right hands at the right time.

This isn’t 1975 anymore. The reason there is a premium on quarterbacks and quarterback play is that the person in that position is making nearly all the important decisions and reads every play. I do believe we have a solid enough guy that can do good things for the offense. What more can a fan ask for?

Well, we can ask for a higher completion rate. In the first six games in which he threw more than ten passes he was completing 52% of his throws. In his last three games in which he threw more than ten passes he was tossing the ball around at 65%. We need more of the latter and less of the former. I fully expect we’ll get something like this in most games excluding the LSU matchup.

Brent Osborn and Andrew McNulty battled out for second throughout spring and fall. Who wins that battle is mostly a matter of preference. Osborn was the guy with the JUCO experience but McNulty played well in spots as a freshman. He is more of the future than Osborn is but that means a whole lot of nothing. Dan McCarney seems more interested in winning now than saving up talent for some undefined future. I like this.

They both can play and might get some reps if/when Derek Thompson goes down with an injury.

Offensive Line: LT Antonio Johnson, LG Mason Y’Barbo, C Aaron Fortenberry RG Cyril Lemon RT LaChris Anyiam RTColeman Feeley, BACKUPS of note: Cam Feldt, Travis Ellard, Injury of note: Boone Feldt was sent home from camp because of shoulder and neck injuries.

Hey! What do you know? This is a spot where we are deep and talented. This line managed to protect Thompson and open up some holes for Lance Dunbar. It is always dangerous to feel too good about a position group for fear of crossing the football gods, but it is hard to feel pessimistic about this group.

TE: Andrew Power, Daniel Prior (injured shoulder — done for year), Drew Miller, Cooper Jones, Marcus Smith, and Tanner Smith.

Not all spreads are alike. Mike Canales likes tight ends and H-Backs because of their versatility. They are useful in sussing out the intentions of linebackers when trying to run sweeps and options and obviously for catching passes. I think he prefers the former over the latter and that is why Jamize Olawale wasn’t getting much playing time. Perhaps he likes the hulking blocker type over the versatile H-back? Who knows?

We do know that Andy Power is a good blocker and will continue to have those duties. The others will get time in the double TE sets and when spelling Power. This is a solid group without any game-breakers.

Defense

It seemed for a while that when Dickey left he took any knowledge of this side of the ball away. Todd Dodge’s teams were historically bad on defense. For all the good that Rick Villareal as done, his greatest mistake wasn’t hiring Dodge — a rising star in the coaching ranks — it was letting him bring his high school staff.

Disaster it was. /Yoda voice.

So we now are assembling the makings of a solid defense. It may not look it given the 30+ PPG scoring defense and the dearth of defensive backs with experience on the roster. Dan McCarney brought in Clint Bowen last season. He molded the squad into something looking respectable. North Texas has improved statistically over the last couple of years. Last season, it seemed we could get to the quarterback. That is good news considering the secondary is comprised of new faces and unproven freshman and transfers. The thinking goes like this: getting to the quarterback will make take a lot of pressure off the new guys. That seems pretty sound, right? Worst case scenario is that the secondary is so porous that the front four don’t have enough time to get out of their stance before passes are flying over their heads.

I doubt this will be the case.

Everyone runs a version of the spread now, but Houston and Troy are the only two teams that spread to pass as a rule. Kansas St. and LSU are just more talented, the rest of the schedule is beatable. That means the defense will be stressed in two games, overwhelmed in two and in the spotlight in eight others.

DLine: DE Brandon McCoy, DE Daryl Mason, DT Ryan Boutwell (out first two weeks), DT Richard Abbe, DT Andrew Lincoln, DT Tevinn Cantly, DE KC Obi, DE Aaron Bellazin.

This is that defensive line that is expected to carry the load and create space for Zach Orr to make tackles, and relieve pressure on the secondary. As I mentioned, this unit made some strides last season, getting 26 sacks last season but the tackles didn’t really get into the backfield. With a another year of defensive line coaching from savant Dan McCarney, another year in the weight room, and just another year to mature, I figure we should see further improvement from this group. I mean, we’ll need it.

LBs: Zach Orr, Derek Akunne, Jeremy Phillips, Will Wright, Chad Polk, Kendall Washington, Jarrian Roberts.

The name that is conspicuously absent is Mike Stojkovic. He is out for the year with personal issues to take care of. Zach Orr is getting the press because he is expected to be the guy. He is the sole returning backer from last season’s group. He spent some time injured last season and that is the only worry surrounding this upcoming season. That injury opened up time for Derek Akunne and Will Wright. The latter is interesting because of his speed. He is a converted safety. Now, moving safeties up to play linebacker isn’t anything new or groundbreaking, but it is good to know that we’ll be a little speedy in our 4-3. (I won’t even get into the fact that most 4-3 sets are really just 4-2-5s. Will Wright will be that Rover guy.) Jeremy Phillips has played before and is back from injury. All in all this isn’t a bad group. New DC John Skladany coaches linebackers in addition to his main duties so I expect to see some solid play from this group.

DBs: Marcus Trice, Lairamie Lee, Hilbert Jackson, Devante Davis, Xavier Kelly, Freddie Warner (maybe — still hurt), Kenny Buyers, Mike Marshall, Kevin Maduka, and DQ Johnson.

This group has drawn the most spotlight because, well, they are unproven and young. Fall camp has shown us that Coach Mac likes Devante Davis and that Marcus Trice is a playmaker. Xavier Kelly is a three-star guy and DQ Johnson is a JUCO addition. Dan McCarney has been touting the competition as healthy and good for the team. I don’t disagree but I’d really like some stability back there. Sometimes a constant shuffle means you have no one that you trust. With fall practice being closed, it is difficult to suss out the differences and figure a true depth chart. Lists mean little, however. Come Sept 1st, we will see who is starting and who makes plays. Having such a young group portends good things for next year, if you want to look on the bright side. This year we will likely see some miscommunication and terrible defending. Don’t be too harsh. It is better to build with four-year guys than to bring in JUCO mercenaries for a season or two as a stop  gap. I like the plan. We just have to be patient.

P: Will Atterbury.

Solid

K: Zach Olen

Solid.

Schedule

  • SEPT. 1 at #1L.S.U. LOSS
  • SEPT. 8 Texas Southern WIN
  • SEPT. 15 at Kansas St LOSS
  • SEPT. 22 Troy WIN
  • SEPT. 29 at F.A.U. WIN
  • OCT. 6 at Houston LOSS
  • OCT. 16 La.-Lafayette WIN
  • OCT. 27 at MTSU. WIN
  • NOV. 3 Arkansas St. LOSS
  • NOV. 10 South Alabama WIN
  • NOV. 17 at La.-Monroe WIN
  • NOV. 24 at WKU. WIN

Last season, the guys surprised me by winning more than they seemingly should have. This is without Lance having a Lance-type year. Maybe it is normal pre-season hopefulness, or maybe I’m still riding the good vibes of that destruction of the Blue Raiders. I am feeling confident today.

Sunbelt teams are indistinguishable, for the most part. WKU and Ark St came out of nowhere last season thanks to some talent and a lot of good coaching. Outside of the secondary, UNT has just enough talent and solid-to-good coaching. Something the difference between a winning season and a losing one is belief. Coach Mac has Brelan believing and now he has me believing, too.

 

Go Mean Green.

 

 

//Hat tip to Denton RC, Football Study Hall, Pre-Snap Read, GoMeanGreen.com for their UNT coverage that heavily influenced this thing.

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5: Local Guys

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In this week’s episode:

Adam and Tony talk about the new batch of commits, Tony Mitchell at the Amar’e camp and get excited about basketball.

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Ep 2: Is for Co-Host

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This episode of the Mean Green Nation welcomes co-host Tony (@bstnsportsfan3). In this week’s episode we talk CUSA move, travel distances, potential roster moves (John Odoh v Keith Coleman, PJ Harwick, etc), coaching moves.

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Spring Game 2012 From Afar

I watched some of the spring game today. You see, instead of making the trip up to Denton this weekend, I spent my money and time at the Oyster Bake eating and drinking and laughing. A good time was had here. From all accounts, a good time was had at Apogee, as well.

The Green Team, comprised of the first and third stringers dominated the White, comprised of second and fourth stringers 41-20. Oh yeah, the white team was spotted that 20 points to start.

So the offense either looks good or the defensive depth –especially the secondary– looks terrible. Probably a combination of both, yeah?

It is ridiculous to read too much out of this. Sprig Games often do not foreshadow season play. This one did give us more confirmation of the obvious: we have little depth, and a shaky secondary. Derek Thompson shredded the defense , throwing two scores on 162 yards with just six passes. Antonine Jimmerson looked shifty as he made easy work of the interior defense of the backups.

What does that mean?

It means that the offense that began clicking last season still looks potent and that Lance Dunbar graduating won’t be a terrible loss. It means that the fans went home with a show. It means that there will be plenty of optimism after seeing the skill guys score.

So it was a win in front of 3000+(?).

That’s right. As far as I can tell, there was no official attendance released. Attendees report that it was a good crowd on a nice day.

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2012 North Texas Football Schedule

SEPT. 1 at LSU
SEPT. 8 Texas Southern
SEPT. 15 at Kansas State
SEPT. 22 Troy
SEPT. 29 at Florida Atlantic
OCT. 6 at Houston
OCT. 16 La.-Lafayette
OCT. 27 at Middle Tennessee
NOV. 3 Arkansas State
NOV. 10 South Alabama
NOV. 17 at Louisiana-Monroe
NOV. 24 at W. Kentucky

The above is a stark reminder of our standing in college football. The Sun Belt, however better than the WAC, is still an afterthought. This program, being part of said afterthought, is forced to play only five homegames. That’s right.

F.I.V.E

(Just like in 2008 and a couple of times before that, too)

The reality is that we need ca$h, yo. That is where that LSU game comes in. The Houston and Kansas trips are make-goods on deals we had for the 2011 and 2010 seasons, respectively.

The good news is that the Apogee opener should be a thrashing of SWAC-member Texas Southern. Hopefully we will be able to erase the memory of the previous week’s beating that will undoubtedly be inflicted on us by the Tigers.

Then the real challenge begins. Kansas State should be some kind of formidable but within striking distance of an upset. Bill Snyder’s squad doesn’t have loads of talent, despite the wins they put up. Remember last season they eeked out wins against Eastern Kentucky and Kent State to being the season. The most threatening part of that program is Snyder’s ability to coach. They play hard and play smart but they are the most vulnerable of the bigger non-cons on our schedule. Also, last time we played them it was an awesome game.

The Troy, Florida Atlantic, Houston part of our schedule is key. Everyone knows we’ll get murdered in Louisiana, obliterate Texas Southern, and have an inkling of a chance against K-State.

Conference games are huge. Winning the damn Sun Belt isn’t as difficult as Todd Dodge made it seem. A halfway decent coach with some motivated talent can make a solid run. It happens every year. It probably should have happened with us and Lance Dunbar. The non-conference games are to win outside fans, the SBC games are to win the conference . . . and possibly get to a bowl game.

This is a perfect year to do just that. As good as Gus Malazhn will make Arkansas State, this is his most vulnerable season. He had a great class of guys, but he still needs to teach the season while navigating the uncertainties of being the head guy. We know he can call plays on offense but can he run a program?

We have a shot to get him while they are coping with growing pains. They are coming off a perfect SBC schedule, and a bowl appearance (lost to NIU). Maybe they think they are bad asses that don’t have to work very hard to win this league? Maybe? We just need a timely L or two from those guys and this thing will be wide open.

We finished 4-4 in a very transitional year. We have a quarterback and an identity, now. Losing Lance Dunbar is huge . . . but how much did we really have him last year? He was hurt or bottled up for a good portion of the campaign. Now, there is no pressure to feed him the ball. Mike Canales can whip up some cleverness and we should be solid.

Maybe that is just the spring talking. Optimism is filling me right now, guys. Am I crazy?

Perhaps.

Other interesting news? We have Tuesday night game against ULL on one of the ESPNs.

Go Mean Green.

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Coach Dan McCarney Hospitalized

Coach Mac is in the hospital with a rumored stroke.

On Monday afternoon, Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly tweeted McCarney had suffered a stroke.

Officially, there is no word on the reason for hospitalization.

More reading of the same press release: ESPN Dallas, Mean Green Sports, DMN,

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North Texas National Signing Day 2012

Dan McCarney has the gift of motivation. He has long been known as master of the press conference and I must admit I fell for his charm at the podium once again. I came away thinking we had the recruiting class that will be essential to our future success.

Hell we just might have.

There is, however, an underlying tone of … something. It don’t know if it is disappointment or frustration or something else. Having built a program before it would seem he would understand the difficulty in recruiting to a historically moribund program. Perhaps he thought it would be a tad easier considering the proximity to the most fertile college football recruiting ground this side of southern florida.

Dan McCarney is not a quitter and he is ever positive. I’m not worried, just intrigued.

It has been chiché to say “No coach will tell you they had a bad class”. This one was … okay. We managed to nab a stud on the offensive line in Boone Feldt, ESPN 150’s 10th ranked center in the nation. He will be the starting center going into next year.

Dan said there were no shocks or surprises in this class. I wonder if that was the reason for the relative lack of excitement on twitter for these guys. Other than a few shoutouts from high school classmates, there was no “JUST SIGNED WITH UNT!” updates. Of course, I could just suck at twitter. . .

So, the state of the program is thus: we are unknown, and have few positives outside of a shiny new stadium with which to woo recruits. The carrot, as it were, is the opportunity to be a part of a culture change. “We have lots of challenges ahead of us”, says the coach. “we need guys that want to take those kinds of things on.”

That kind of thing is hard to do. I think we probably end up with less talented, more motivated guys when we open up Spring Camp. Is that good? Yeah. Unmotivated talent is a drain. Guys that can play okay combined with a desire to succeed and a coaching staff that can teach them how? Well we might just do something pretty good, ya’ll.

Let’s get into some totally random, quick observations after looking at their minute-long highlight videos on Mean Green Premium, shall we?

Mark Lewis RB  5-10, 210 –looks shifty. and quick.

Boone Feldt OL 6-3, 276 — dominating the competition. Looks beastly.

Brad Horton 6-6 DE 230 –looks quick.

Carlos Harris WR 5-8, 175 –fast and shifty. has breakaway speed. good returner.

Connor Trussell OL 6-5, 285 — yeah pushing people around.

D.Q. Johnson JUCO DB -5-11, 185 — Can make tackles –blocked a kick. good in special teams. Apparently really fast.

David Busby S 5-11, 180 — reads the play well.

Devante Davis CB 5-11, 185 — can tackle. blowing dudes up. blew through a blocker to beat up a runner. He played LB??

Dustin Clark LB 6-1, 205 –fast. special teams guy?

Dutton Watson DT 6-3, 250–quick and big off the end.

Jamal Marshall DB 6-3,185–fast. chased down a guy from across the field. play recognition.

Jamarcus Jarvis RB 5-10, 195–shifty. quick. fast. breakaway speed.

Jarrian Roberts LB 6-2, 220– strong.

Lajaylin Smith LB 6-0, 218– quick and fast

Malik Dilonga DE 6-4, 250– Big. strong. quick.

Mustafa Haboul DT 6-0, 247 — quick. strong.

Nic Schrapps WR 6-3, 197– big and good hands. not that quick or fast.

Rex Rollins S 6-1,185 –big hitter. had some time as RB. — pretty damn fast.

Rodrick Lancaster 6-2, 200– WR –fast and plays big.

Ryan Rentfro OL 6-4, 280– Yeah. Sure is blocking and stuff.

Sir Calvin Wallace DT 6-2, 300– monster. big and strong. gets into the backfield with some quickness too.

Xavier Kelly CB 5-11, 165– quickness and speed.

Cam Feldt OL 6-5, 308 –will start JUCO transfer

Marcus Trice DB, 5-8, 190 –will start JUCO transfer.

Other:

As always, this list likely includes a bunch of guys that won’t be on the roster in three years for various reasons. Rankings and stars are tabulated on a lot of things that do not necessarily translate into on-field success. Like coach said, a lot of this is about evaluation: what you have, what you can be, and what these recruits can be.

Here’s hoping we have some gems in this thing.

Go Mean Green.

hat tip: ESPNDallas.

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Defensive Coordinator Change

Former Mean Green Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen is leaving to rejoin the Kansas staff under Charlie Weis.

John Skladany is now the defensive coordinator according to Vito. He was the Iowa State guy in the same position under Danny Mac back then, and recently coordinated Central Florida.