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Roundtable: Mean Green football ends spring practices

Roundtable: Mean Green football ends spring practices

April 22
00:31 2015

Editors Note: The North Texas Daily sports staff analyzed where the football stands now that the spring is over. Look for more roundtables such as this one on various sports throughout the semester.

Torie Mosley / Intern Writer

The annual Mean Green football spring game resulted in a 48-36 victory for the White team over the Green team. Though every spring scrimmage ends in a victory for someone, the Mean Green have a long way to go to bounce back from a subpar 2014 season.

I won’t be the first and probably not the last to say this, but the North Texas faithful need to cross their fingers and maybe send a few prayers up to the college football gods for an improvement under center. In order to overcome last year’s team record, the Mean Green need a quarterback who can lead North Texas to a winning record. Or at least better than last year’s 4-8 season.

The high scoring contest gives Mean Green fans hope for a more versatile offense. Senior quarterback Andrew McNulty looks like the front runner to run the offense next year. With more experience under center than the rest of the quarterback competition, North Texas will have to roll the dice in hopes that he can do better than his six touchdown, seven interception results last year.

Turnovers and poor road play also hurt last year’s Mean Green team, but North Texas’ traditional defensive, run-first mentality should help ease the team into next season. In its third Conference USA year, North Texas needs to punch the competition right in the mouth to place itself as a C-USA powerhouse.

Brianna Pleasant / Intern Writer

McNulty was quite impressive as he lead the Green team during the Mean Green spring football game, throwing for 342 yards and three touchdowns. During a time period when the quarterback competition has been both crucial and tough, I believe McNulty proved that he is definitely one of the top contenders, if not the best option, for the starting quarterback position for next season.

But the real action seem to come from the new and improved Mean Green defense.  Junior linebacker Cortney Finney had 10.5 tackles and defensive back Kenny Buyers even had an interception. Other players also played well, and I think that the game was a good indicator of what North Texas fans can expect for next season.

For the most part, the team looked like a strong collaborative unit. I believe that there are still some holes in the defense that need some work, but the most important part about this team is solidifying the quarterback position.

Alex Lilley / Intern Writer

The football team showed some offensive power in the spring game, both through the air and on the ground. The starting defense showed some weak spots though they did provide some big hits and sacks.

The combination of McNulty and sophomore wide receiver Turner Smiley looks to be a dangerous duo after connecting for three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Carlos Harris also showed a good chemistry with McNulty, catching six passes for 183 yards.

However, McNulty will need more contributors from his receiving corps to maintain strong numbers throughout next season. Out of his 29 pass attempts during the spring game, only 14 were completions, and 11 of those went to Smiley and Harris.

The running back position appeared to have good depth, though nobody stood out as the clear-cut, strongest back. If there is a battle going on for the starting job, a few names, such as Antoinne Jimmerson or Jeffrey Wilson, could qualify for the spot

The linebackers and defensive line were ready to make big hits for new defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, but broke down in coverage at times. A total of six sacks were made in the game, but the quarterbacks were still given enough time to make big plays.

The defense is still going through the learning curve with the new coach, but they are bringing more energy to the field. They should be good to go once the season starts.

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