| "We've had good football
players here," said Head coach Darrell Dickey. "We just haven't had enough of
them. We've started off the season each year with a pretty decent football team.
Then we've played a rugged non-conference schedule and by mid-season we've had
a lot of guys playing out there before their time.
Our guys haven't complained and while it's hurt us a bit in the past, it has helped us prepare better for the future. Some of these players (newcomers) have a chance to make an impact this season, but it's becoming harder to do each year because we've got some players that have experience and we have a returning player at nearly every position." [ Read More ]
UNT will rely on their defense which returns three defensive linemen and do-everything linebacker Brad Kassell. Kassell led the Big West in tackles the past two seasons and tied for the league lead in interceptions and forced fumbles. Tackles Chris McIver and Brandon Kennedy add experience up front.
Four of the five offensive line starters return from the 2000 campaign. Right guard Nick Zuniga is the anchor. Sophomore quarterback Scott Hall started as a true freshman last year for the final nine games of the season. He will be under pressure to create something in the passing department since the school's all-time leading rusher, Ja'Quay Wilborn has departed.
North Texas doesn't look to put up much of a fight for the Razorbacks. But if the Hogs need a win after the UNLV and Tennessee battles, this game increases in importance. It will also be interesting to see if Razorback fans will continue to flock to the newly-expanded stadium -- even for a small name opponent.
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