Linebacker Zach Orr received the Odus Mitchell Award presented to North Texas’ most valuable player at the team’s awards banquet on Friday night.
Several hundred people packed the ballroom at the Gateway Center for the annual event. UNT recognized 17 seniors and several members of the athletic department who helped support the team during a 4-8 season.
“We had a great turnout,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said. “I can’t wait until we get this program where we want it. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like. The room was full tonight. It’s an exciting time. We had a chance to give thanks to so many people who helped us get the foundation in place for the future. I can’t wait. There are some great days ahead.”
UNT finished with a winning record in home games for the second straight season, posting a 3-2 record at Apogee Stadium in its final season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
UNT is 7-4 at home in two seasons under McCarney.
UNT will move to Conference USA next year and will return several of its key players, including Orr.
The former DeSoto standout led UNT with 108 tackles to go along with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Orr also received the Joe Greene Award given to UNT’s outstanding defensive player.
Offensive lineman Aaron Fortenberry picked up the Steve Ramsey Award given to UNT’s outstanding offensive player.
Fortenberry anchored UNT’s offensive line that is tied with Air Force for the fewest number of sacks allowed nationally this season with six.
Fortenberry also was UNT’s only player named first-team All-Sun Belt.
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North Texas football award winners
The following is a list of awards presented at North Texas’ annual football banquet on Friday night:
Newcomer of the Year — Antoinne Jimmerson
Scout Team Offensive MVP — Brock Berglund
Scout Team Defensive MVP — Brandon Johnson
Bill Bishop Award (outstanding defensive lineman) — K.C. Obi
Bill Brashier Award (outstanding defensive back) — Zac Whitfield
Byron Gross Award (outstanding linebacker) — Zach Orr
Joe Greene Award (outstanding defensive player) — Zach Orr
Shawn Kramer Award (most inspirational players) — Coleman Feeley, Jeremy Phillips
Abner Haynes Award (outstanding special teams player) — Will Atterberry
Phillip Armour Award (outstanding offensive lineman) — Mason Y’Barbo
Ja’Quay Wilburn Award (outstanding offensive back) — Brandin Byrd
Steve Ramsey Award (outstanding offensive player) — Aaron Fortenberry
Odus Mitchell Award (Team MVP) — Zach Orr