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Football: Final scrimmage key for UNT depth chart

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By Brett Vito / Staff Writer

North Texas coach Dan McCarney doesn’t have a lot of answers right now to some key questions about the Mean Green.

Who will be UNT’s starting quarterback this year? Who will take over for Aaron Fortenberry at center? And what about the rotation on the defensive line?

UNT will know a little more about the answers to those questions following the final full scrimmage of fall practice at 9:10 a.m. today at Apogee Stadium.

The Mean Green will run a minimum of 100 plays while taking a long look at the players in contention to start at several positions.

“We have some decisions we need to finalize,” McCarney said. “We are going to start getting into Idaho next week. We have to come out of that [scrimmage] and say that these are the guys we trust who can help us win games.”

There might not be a bigger decision UNT needs to make than settling on a starting quarterback.

UNT has a two-year starter returning in Derek Thompson, not to mention Andrew McNulty, who was his backup last season. What makes the situation more interesting is that Kansas transfer Brock Berglund is eligible and freshman Dajon Williams has jumped into the race.

McCarney left no doubt that Williams was in contention to start during UNT’s annual media day on Monday when he said that the former Pflugerville Connally standout would not redshirt.

“We are going to continue to rotate all four guys,” McCarney said of the plan for today’s scrimmage. “I can honestly say there is no clear-cut guy right now. We are watching, evaluating, charting and trying to get a feel not only with numerical performance, but also a feel of who leads, who moves the chains and whom the team follows.”

UNT’s staff has not ruled out the possibility of playing more than one quarterback early in the season.

There are a host of other jobs open as well.

“I don’t know of many guys who have jobs locked up,” McCarney said. “The center job is wide open; the quarterback job is wide open. There are four or five running backs who can all play, and we are still seeing who is going to be in the rotation at wide receiver. We are working nine tight ends. On the defensive line, we have a real rotation, but how many players are in it?”

UNT will make those decisions based largely on the performance of several players battling for starting jobs in its scrimmage today.