The North Texas Mean Green finished 2011 with a 5-7 record under first year coach Dan McCarney, which was a surprise to most fans. North Texas wasn’t expected to have a very good year and McCarney seemed to get enough out of the team to get them to an even 4-4 record in conference play. This year, there looks to be a little more expectation on the Mean Green.
Junior quarterback Derek Thompson is expected to lead a seasoned group of players on the offensive unit this season. The only real questions on the offense are the ones surrounding three sophomore linemen and a freshman at running back. Can he fill the shoes of Lance Dunbar? Or will Junior Brandin Byrd win the spot? At least for Anderson he will have a senior group of receivers to throw to. Look for the Mean Green to have a great year throwing the ball.
The defense is just as seasoned as the offensive side of the ball and they look to improve on last season. There were games where they were the difference maker, and then there were games where they got run over. The team hopes to be able to minimize those latter games and become one of the conferences stingiest defenses. The Defense could be the difference in whether the mean green is at the top or bottom of the conference.
Coach Dan McCarney has a track record of reviving programs that are in the basement, and after one season it looks like he is already working his magic. With a student body enrollment of 36,000+, McCarney is hoping to build excitement and fill Apogee stadium every Saturday. North Texas is looking to start building back to the dominance they had up until 2005 and with McCarney at the helm, they could be a tough team this year and moving forward into Conference USA.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook