Quarterback Mason Fine continued to tighten his grip on the starting job Saturday, when the North Texas football team held a full length scrimmage at Apogee Stadium.
Fine hit Jalen Guyton for a 25-yard touchdown, Greg White from 19 yards out for another scoring strike and had by far the most success moving UNT's offense. The sophomore took the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense.
Quinn Shanbour took a series or two with the first team, but mostly worked with the second team that struggled most of the day.
What really jumped out was the continued progress of the skill position players UNT added in the offseason. Guyton had a good day.
I will delve into how those young players fared later today for a story that will go into tomorrow's paper.
Until then, here are a few notes and thoughts:
-- UNT really, really needs Mason Fine to stay healthy all year. The Mean Green are an entirely different team offensively when he is in the game.
-- Kansas transfer Keegan Brewer will have to sit out the upcoming season as a transfer. The wide receiver was a standout at Lake Dallas before playing forJayhawks for a season.
-- UNT's punting game is not going to be nearly what is was last season, baring a dramatic change. Redshirt freshman Blake Patterson looked the best out of UNT's two punters. Alvin Kenworthy is also in the race.
-- UNT's starting defense looks like this: Andy Flusche and Tillman Johnson at defensive end, T.J. Tauaalo at nose tackle, Brandon Garner, E.J. Ejiya and Colton McDonald at linebacker, Kemon Hall and Nate Brooks at corner with Dee Baulkman, Khairi Muhammad and Makyle Sanders at safety. Sanders is filling in for McClain.
-- UNT's offensive line consists of Jordan Murray, Elex Woodworth, Creighton Barr, Riley Mayfield and T.J. Henson.
-- Freshman Tony Krasniqi continues to run with UNT's second team at nose tackle.
-- Tight end Caleb Chumley went off on crutches with what looked like a foot injury. He is having a really good camp.
-- Colton McDonald is still with UNT's first-team defense while Joshua Wheeler is out.
-- Kishawn McClain is still in a red jersey and is limited.
-- Scouts with the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos were in today.
-- UNT continues to look at Turner Smiley, Eric Jenkins and Jaelon Darden as punt returners.
-- UNT is still lining up in the shotgun for short yardage situations.
-- Kicker Trevor Moore had an up-and-down day. He missed a couple of chippies, but then connected on two 50-yarders at the end of the day.
-- Offensive line coach Chuck Langston was pretty upset with UNT's backup offensive line at one point.
-- UNT head coach Seth Littrell said he has been pleased with the progress of freshman tackle Jacob Brammer.
And finally a couple of plays that stood out ...
-- Christian Hosley broke off a 4-yard run when there appeared to be nowhere to go.
-- UNT's defense recovered two fumbles. Nnamdi Umeakuana returned one by Tre Siggers about 80 yards for a touchdown.