College Football Preview: The 2015 North Texas Mean Green
North Texas Mean Green Preview
2014 Record: 4-8
The North Texas Mean Green look to rebound from a disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2014.
Overview: Dan McCarney lost a boatload of talent last season and the play on the field told that story with not enough scoring punch or stopping power on defense. Will a year of experience translate in to better on field performances?
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Offense: The first question to answer is who will be under center after both Josh Greer and Dajon Williams were benched last year because of performance. Andrew McNulty appears to be the choice but 1,295 yards on 54.5% with six scores and seven picks says maybe not. Antoinne Jimmerson (12-589) is the top rusher back with Jeffrey Wilson (50-224) second in line but neither was a big play threat. Considering the issues under center, WR Carlos Harris was a gem with 70 receptions for 865 yards but who are the other options? The news is worse with the offensive line getting one starter back.
Defense: The defensive line struggled in 2014 but return eight of their top nine so if experience counts for anything the Mean Green are loaded. However this unit had their moments in the pass rush but not much elsewhere. The linebacking unit is similar in experience to the line with five of the top six returning but leading tackler Derek Akunne (86.5 T-8.5 TFL-3 S) isn’t one of them and this group needs somebody to make plays. The secondary gets back two of the top six with corner Kenny Buyers recording 46 stops and three sacks and a pair of interceptions but several transfers could make this unit serviceable.
Special Teams: The special teams is a quality group with punters Eric Keena and Blake Macek averaging 44.6 yards and 41.4 yards respectively while Trevor Moore was a dependable 15-17 on field goals. Carlos Harris and Darvin Kidsy both return punts and kicks with Kidsy scoring on each.
Outlook: The Mean Green should win another game or so because I have to believe the experience in place simply makes them better. Enough to reach .500 and Bowl eligibility is the question and I can’t say I’m bold enough to predict that.