Football: North Texas names captains

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North Texas linebacker Zach Orr was named a team captain for a third straight season Saturday, when the Mean Green reached a milestone in its preparations for the 2013 season.

Running back Brandin Byrd, offensive lineman Mason Y’Barbo and safety Marcus Trice rounded out the list of UNT’s captains for the year. UNT annouced its captains on the same day as its mock game, a scripted scrimmage that was the Mean Green’s final live work before it opens the season Saturday at home against Idaho.

Orr was named second-team All-Sun Belt in each of the past two seasons and has 242 career tackles entering his senior season.

“I have been blessed,” Orr said this summer. “I never would have thought I would have come into college and had the chance to be a captain and a leader. I have one more year of it and am enjoying it and taking it day by day.”

Bryd led UNT in rushing last season with 875 yards. Y’Barbo helped clear the way for Byrd and was a key member of an offensive line that led the nation with just six sacks allowed in 2013, while Trice finished with 63 tackles and two interceptions in his first season of eligiblity after transferring from Oklahoma.

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