North Texas Mean Green 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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North Texas Mean Green 2016 Preview
Seth Littrell inherits a North Texas Mean Green squad that needs an ‘offensive’ injection to improve in 2016.
Overview: Seth Littrell likes to pass but the Mean Green ran the ball more effectively then they threw it but after averaging a mere 15 points there is nowhere to go but up…on paper.
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Offense: UNT brings in Graham Harrell who will implement a ton of passing although the team was not very good throwing the ball. Alabama transfer Alec Morris will likely get the nod at quarterback. North Texas doesn’t have a lot of receiving options with Turner Smiley and Tee Goree the top options back with a combined 40 catches for 373 yards to go along with poor catch rates. The Mean Green rushing attack returns Jeffrey Wilson who logged a team high 830 yards (10 games) and Willie Ivery and his better then 6.5 yards per touch. The North Texas O-Line gets three starters back with two others with starting experience.
Defense: Mike Ekeler takes over as defensive coordinator (UGA linebackers coach) and his first order of business is to figure out a way to keep opponents from topping 40 points each Saturday. The UNT defensive line features most everybody back with Jarrian Roberts bringing back ten TFL and 6.5 sacks with JUCO transfer Joshua Wheeler and Kansas State transfer Bryce English certain to boost a unit that could not stop the run or rush the passer. UNT is hoping to get help at linebacker from William Johnson, Ashton Preston and JUCO Eji Ejiya while an experienced secondary will rely heavily on safeties Kishawn McClain and James Gray along with corners Chad Davis and Nate Brooks.
Special Teams: Eric Keena averaged 44 yards per punt while placekicker Trevor Moore was 9-10 on sub 40 yard field goals but was 0-4 at 40+ so UNT got points when (if) the offense got close. I see both return jobs as an open competition.
Outlook: I think the coaching hires were solid for North Texas and are worth a win or so with a few transfers adding some potential to the defensive side of the football. Three wins are a possibility but I think many more then that would be a lot to ask.
9/17 @ Florida
9/24 @ Rice
10/1 Middle Tennessee State
10/22 @ Army
10/29 @ UTSA
11/5 Louisiana Tech
11/12 @ Western Kentucky
11/19 Southern Miss
11/26 @ UTEP