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UNT Friday spring practice report

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

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North Texas wrapped up the first week of spring practice this morning at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility, where there were a couple of interesting tidbits to come down on the program’s staff.

UNT announced yesterday that Mike Gallup is retiring. He has served as UNT’s equipment manager since 1994 and is something of an institution when it comes to Mean Green athletics.

Gallup is a great guy who will be missed.

While Gallup is on his way out, one familiar face is sticking around. Kenny Buyers, who played cornerback and wide receiver at a high level for UNT, is working as a volunteer assistant at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stick around as a graduate assistant coach. Buyers has all the tools to be a college coach, if that is the direction he decides to go.

And in other news, notes and observations ...

  • There were a handful of prospects on hand today, including Devonte Lee, a running back from Oklahoma. The Tweet at the top of this post is of him standing around at practice with head coach Seth Littrell. UNT has offered, as has Central Michigan. Here’s his Scout.com profile.

  • UNT is giving prospects who show up for practice credentials like you would see for a media guy or staff member at a game. It’s a nice touch.

  • High school coaches are starting to show up on a regular basis. Lake Dallas coach Michael Young was on hand today, along with a couple of his assistants. Young is a key local coach who develops high quality college players on a regular basis. Coaches from Fort Worth Christian and Denton Braswell were also on hand. A group of players from Fort Worth Poly were at practice along with some of their coaches.

  • Littrell mentioned before spring drills that tight end Kelvin Smith would play a variety of spots. UNT split him out in the slot at times today.

  • Kishawn McClain showed some veteran leadership while tutoring Kakpa Mansaray in team drills.

  • Wide receiver O’Keeron Rutherford is coming on in the first week of practice. He caught a deep ball in team drills.

  • Another player who appears to be turning heads is tight end Caleb Chumley, who is healthy again. He caught a touchdown pass from Mason Fine in goal line drills.

  • Fine threw the ball well today and also pulled the ball down multiple times for long runs. He hit Turner Smiley on a deep ball and connected with Rutherford a couple of times for long gains.

  • UNT’s defensive line had a good day. Bryce English posted a sack, while Tillman Johnson burst into the backfield for a tackle.

  • Key JUCO transfer wide receiver Jalen Guyton is starting to show up. He made nice catch on a ball from Cade Pearson.

  • Devlin Isadore is still limited as he recovers from knee surgery, but he continues to show that he can really sling it. He hit Deion Hair-Griffin and Tyler Wilson for touchdowns.

  • Nate Brooks made a diving interception in team drills.

  • Nick Smith broke off a long touchdown run.

  • Smiley, Guyton, Hair-Griffin and Wilson all fielded punts.

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