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New coaches, athletes face off at Green-White game

New coaches, athletes face off at Green-White game

April 15
14:14 2013

Ryne Gannoe / Senior Staff Writer

The two newest additions to the Mean Green football team, assistant coaches Ryan Walters and Tommy Perry, will coach the two teams in the UNT spring football game at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Apogee Stadium.

Walters will coach the Green team, which is comprised of first- and third- string players. Perry’s White team is made up of second- and fourth-string players, but it starts the game with a 21-point lead.

Walters said the first string shouldn’t have any trouble making up the 21-point deficit.

“They start with a 21-point lead, but we have the ‘ones,’” Walters said. “We should take care of business, execute and we’ll be fine. It’s going to be a long day for coach Perry.”

Perry said he heard the team who starts with the lead normally loses, but he’s going to try and change that.

“Everything comes to an end,” Perry said. “I have a few tricks up our sleeves. Don’t sleep on the White team.”

In last year’s scrimmage, redshirt senior quarterback Derek Thompson led the Green team to a 41-20 victory. The White team failed to score after its 20-point spot.

Head coach Dan McCarney said he wants to see high intensity and effort during the scrimmage.

“You want to see execution,” McCarney said. “You want people to see that this is really going to be a fun team to watch. I want them to see that there are more playmakers. I want a team that really executes and plays with a lot of energy and personality and enjoys playing a game. Finish the spring and the last evaluation we have with our heads held high.”

Junior linebacker Derek Akunne said the game is the culmination of everything the team has worked for this offseason.

“We worked really hard all spring,” Akunne said. “Everyone is in really good shape. It’s exciting, but it’s bittersweet because after Saturday we don’t get to put the pads on until August.”

Senior wide receiver Darnell Smith said the spring game is all about showing the UNT community the new team.

“We came a long way from where we started,” Smith said. “I feel like we need to show what we have for all these fans. We owe them that. They expect a lot from us, so we have to show them the progress we’ve made this year”

The Mean Green’s first game as a member of Conference USA will be on Saturday, Aug. 31. McCarney said it will be a big opportunity for UNT.

“The bottom line is that the national reputation of Conference USA is really strong,” McCarney said.
“You’ve got a program and a team that’s clearly on the rise at North Texas. Can you be a factor at the race? Do people really respect you? We’ll see. Time will tell, but I feel really good about going into this conference.”

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