Preview 2018: North Texas Mean Green. This Year's IT Team?

Preview 2018: North Texas Mean Green. This Year's IT Team?

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Preview 2018: North Texas Mean Green. This Year's IT Team?


What You Need To Know About The North Texas Offense

– When you have an offensive coordinator like former Texas Tech bombing quarterback Graham Harrell, the passing game is going to rock. The Mean Green offense averaged 455 yards and 36 points per game, with a passing game that ripped it up for 292 yards per outing. Expect a whole lot more of the same.

Mason Fine is one of the nation’s most productive young quarterbacks, throwing for over 4,000 yards with 31 touchdowns, but he needs to cut down on the picks after giving up 15. And now he has an even more experienced receiving corps to make it all fly.

– Five of the top six receivers are back. Michael Lawrence, Jalen Guyton, Rico Bussey and Jaelon Darden form Conference USA’s most dangerous group of wideouts. All were underclassmen last season, all can stretch the field, and all can take turns being the No. 1 guy. Guyton is the best of the bunch – even through Lawrence led the team in receptions – but there’s no wrong answer throwing to any of them.

– Replacing 1,215-yard, all-star back Jeffery Wilson hurts. Nic Smith was a good No. 2 option, and Even Johnson produced in his freshman season when he got the chance, but it’ll likely take a village to replace what Wilson brought to the table. The running game isn’t just along for the ride – it should hover around 2,000 yards if the front five does its job.

Four starters are back up front, led by 6-7, 325-pound Jordan Murray at left tackle. It’s not a massive line, and it struggled in pass protection and keeping teams out of the backfield, but at least there’s experience.

Biggest Key To The North Texas Offense

Make it a tie between giving up fewer sacks and not turning the ball over. The Mean Green allowed 39 sacks –  Fine has to be kept upright and in one piece – but more importantly, the O has to stop giving the ball away.

UNT turned it over 27 times with five giveaways in the bowl loss to Troy, five in the two losses to FAU, and three times in the loss to SMU. On the year, the team was 6-0 when turning it over fewer than twice.

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