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?


Best North Texas Offensive Player

QB Mason Fine, Jr.
He’s only 5-11 and 180 pounds, and he doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he’s one of the nation’s best returning passers and the reigning Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.

He showed promise as a freshman, and then blew up last season hitting 64% of his passes for 4,052 yards and 31 touchdowns, averaging eight yards per try.

Mobile, he ran well as a freshman, and came up with a touchdown last year, but he was under pressure from a leaky line. Even so, he has to cut down on the picks, giving up 15 – the team was 0-4 when he threw more than one.

2. WR Jalen Guyton, Jr.
3. WR Michael Lawrence, Jr.
4. OT Jordan Murray, Sr.
5. RB Nic Smith, Soph.

Best North Texas Defensive Player

LB E.J. Ejiya, Sr.
The Minnesotan started out as a JUCO star before coming to UNT, and he came out hot with 43 tackles two seasons ago. And then he took his game to a whole other level with a team-leading 109 tackles with seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

The 6-3, 230-pounder is built for the outside position, but he’s just okay against the pass on the weakside. As an all-around playmaker, though, he’s great at getting in on everything against the run and in the backfield – he flies to the ball.

2. DT Roderick Young, Sr.
3. CB Nate Brooks, Jr.
4. S Khairi Muhammad, Jr.
5. LB Brandon Garner, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DT Roderick Young, Sr.
Size is a major issue for the North Texas defensive front. There’s only one 300-pounder, and Young is a 297-pound tackle with enough strength to hold down the nose and also get into the backfield.

The all-star veteran might not be all that tall at 6-1, and he might not be the prototype, but he’s the leader up front. Now he needs to help the line do more.

Key Game To The North Texas Season

Louisiana Tech, Nov. 4
All of the top teams in the West come to Denton, and Florida Atlantic is coming into town, too. As long as the Mean Green can manage to get by Louisiana Tech again – they won a 24-23 thriller on the road last season – they shouldn’t have too many problems the rest of the way. Get ready for a shootout.

2017 North Texas Fun Stats

– Touchdowns Scored: North Texas 63 – Opponents 63
– Sacks: Opponents 39 for 289 yards – North Texas 23 for 161 yards
– Punt Return Average: North Texas 10.4 yards – Opponents 3 yards

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