Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. North Texas

Demo breaks down five North Texas players to watch on Saturday against SMU.

QB Andrew McNulty

Sr. 6-1, 211 pounds

McNulty was UNT’s leading passer last season—completing 110 passes for 1,295 yards and throwing for six touchdowns. The Iowa city Native is also pretty fleet of foot and can burn teams with his legs. Last season he had a 65 yard run against UTEP. We saw last week what a dual-threat QB can do and while McNulty might not be anywhere near as athletic as Seth Russell, he has enough wiggle to make sleeping defenses pay.

RB Jeffery Wilson

Soph. 6-0, 195 pounds

Last season Wilson was just the third leading rusher for UNT. This year he is the lead back and will get the lion’s share of the carries. His best game came against UTSA last season when he rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries. In last season’s 43-6 rout of SMU, Wilson rushed for 56 yards on 14 carries, while Antoine Jimmerson got 15 carries and picked up 47 yards and a touchdown. So, expect both to play a role in the Mean Green attack with Wilson getting a little more looks.

DT Roderick Young

Frosh. 6-1, 287 pounds

Young may not be a starter, and that is to be expected as a freshman. However UNT head coach Dan McCarney says Young is ready to contribute and ready to play a lot of snaps. This could be an advantage for SMU, especially if McCarney wasn’t just blowing smoke. If Young was THAT good he’d be a starter, which means there are still some question marks with him. As an offensive coordinator, I’d want to test a freshman defensive tackle in his first game early and often.

DB Chad Davis

Jr. 5-10, 181 pounds

Davis is a starter for the Mean Green this season after two years as a backup. He hasn’t been overly productive when he was on the field, but he wasn’t a liability either. Him being named a starter means either he has shown enough to earn the job or he is their best option at the position right now. Davis’ immediate backup is converted linebacker Jamal Marshal. Aside from lead corner Kenny Buyers, no one of UNT’s defensive backs were starters last season. On the surface that means positions will likely be constantly evaluated. That could be a bad thing if everyone is playing extra hard to keep their spots or it could be good if the wrong guy is given a shot at the wrong time. Either way, got to like SMU’s chances against a smaller less battle hardened corner.

WR Carlos Harris

Sr. 5-8, 185 pounds

Harris was named to the honorable mention all-conference list by C-USA and was second in the conference in receptions, fourth in yards per game and seventh in all-purpose yards. In last year’s win over SMU, Harris led the team with four catches and 36 yards. Not mind blowing numbers by any means. Still, he is their leading pass catcher from a year ago and will be getting a lot of target by McNulty. He’s small enough to lose in coverage and quick enough to make people miss in the open field. It’s not like SMU had any trouble tackling in week one though.

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