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This year’s football transfer class shows promise during spring season

This year’s football transfer class shows promise during spring season

March 28
20:37 2013

Tim Cato / Senior Staff Writer

Every March, spring football arrives with a roar. Last Saturday’s practice – the first time the team practiced in pads – and the Green-White scrimmage on April 13 always stand out, but this year the incoming nine-player transfer class is drawing just as much buzz.

“I like all of them,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “There definitely don’t appear to be any mistakes in that bunch, and that makes you feel good. That means they should all be on the field, helping us win games in the fall.”

Steven Lassan is the college football editor of Athlon Sports – a sports magazine with over nine million copies in circulation. In an article titled, “College Football’s Top Transfers to Watch for 2013,” he mentions four UNT players specifically: sophomore quarterback Brock Berglund, junior running back Reggie Pegram, senior defensive back Zed Evans and junior wide receiver Darius Terrell.

“In terms of bulk, UNT is bringing in one of the top classes from a mid-major perspective,” Lassan said. “Getting players from programs like Kansas, Purdue, Louisville and Texas is a big catch for Dan McCarney as he looks to turn the Mean Green back into a conference title contender. I’d definitely have UNT ranked as a top-five mid-major transfer class.”

Berglund is in the midst of a position battle at quarterback with last year’s starter: senior Derek Thompson. Berglund, ranked as a top-15 dual threat quarterback coming out of high school in 2011, started his career at the University of Kansas but has yet to play a down collegiately.

“Much of UNT’s transfer class’ success could depend on just how much Brock Berglund ends up playing during his career at the school,” Lassan said.

The transfer class is full of talent but also faces some obstacles.

“There are always challenges, like a new environment, new people,” Berglund said. “A lot of those things were in the fall, getting acclimated. Some of the stuff took a little time, some of it happened pretty quickly.”

At DeSoto High School, Terrell played with UNT freshman running back Antoine Jimmerson and senior linebacker Zachary Orr. When he made the decision to transfer from the University of Texas, his former teammates helped influence his decision to choose the Mean Green where, like Berglund, he faces the challenge of getting used to the university.

“It’s hard to transfer,” Terrell said. “Just starting over. You come in and it’s not your recruiting class anymore.”

Between Berglund, Terrell and the rest of the talent arriving at Apogee Stadium next fall, the Mean Green is primed for success.

“Moving from the Sun Belt to Conference USA is going to be a step up in challenge, but adding players from BCS programs can only help improve the talent level,” Lassan said. “I think UNT is going to be in the mix for a winning record this year, and these additions should help the Mean Green in their first season in Conference USA.”

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