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Quarterback for UNT football team undecided

Quarterback for UNT football team undecided

August 22
14:07 2013

Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

For the last two seasons, the man handed the responsibility of carrying the Mean Green offense has been senior quarterback Derek Thompson. That could no longer be the case, as head coach Dan McCarney opened competition at the position this offseason, giving the four eligible quarterbacks on the depth chart the opportunity to compete to start week one when the University of Idaho comes to town.

“Even though we started preparing for Idaho earlier this week, we still take about three fourths of the practice to compete and evaluate the position,” McCarney said. “It’s fun to see because there really is some real competition going on right now and these guys all want to be the one to lead the team.”

Derek Thompson

Thompson has the experience in starting and the strongest chemistry with his receivers because of his starting role the last two years with the team.

In his two years as a starter, Thompson has accumulated 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions with a completion percentage of more than 57 percent. He produced just 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year.

McCarney said Thompson has been taking snaps solely with the first string offense.

“As far as the quarterback position goes this is the most depth we have ever had here,” Thompson said. “Any competition is good competition and we push each other and coach each other.”

Dajon Williams

Williams is a true freshman who is getting his first experience of collegiate football, but in the process is gathering lots of attention.

Already, it has been announced that Williams would not sit out the year as a red-shirt, begging the question of whether or not his time as a starter will come sooner rather than later.

In his time at Connally High School in Pflugerville, TX, Williams was named one of the top quarterbacks in the state and a top 300 recruit by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. In his senior year, Williams threw for 1,977 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while also running for 508 yards and five touchdowns.

Andrew McNulty

Red-shirted last year because of injury, McNulty started twice in 2011 when Thompson struggled with some injuries.

McNulty is another dual-threat quarterback with the ability to keep plays alive with his legs, but because of this he is prone to sacks. He has been dropped by opposing defenses six times in his five appearances at quarterback for UNT.

“My goal for myself is to be the guy heading into week one against Idaho,” McNulty said. “The competition between all the quarterbacks has really intensified from what it was last year. We go out there every single day knowing that if you don’t perform, execute and can’t lead the team then your job is at stake. It’s a little more pressure but it’s good for all of us.”

Brock Berglund

Berglund, a sophomore who transferred from Kansas last year, was denied eligibility to play by the NCAA in 2012. This will be his first active year with the team.

In high school he was considered one of the top prospects in the nation in 2011. He was the Colorado 4A player of the year and led his high school team to consecutive state titles in his junior and senior seasons.

As a senior, he threw for 2,150 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for another 965 yards and 9 touchdowns.

It will be up to the coaching staff to decide whether to stick with Thompson or try something new when the Mean Green face Idaho at Apogee Stadium. The game kicks off on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.

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