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  SEPT 19 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Texas KR Kaylon Horton had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for his fourth career touchdown (two punt returns, one kick return, one receiving) and his first with the Mean Green. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a UNT player since Deion Hair-Griffin had a 96-yard touchdown on August 31, 2019, against Abilene Christian. Horton's 99-yard touchdown is tied for the fourth-longest kick return for a touchdown in UNT history and the fourth-longest return by any FBS player this season. The return was the second career kickoff return for Horton, with the first coming while at Tarleton State in 2020. Horton is now one of only 20 players in FBS with two or more career kick return touchdowns. - Conference USA Football

Jr/2024 CB Kaylon HortonNorth Texas
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  North Texas has been without cornerback John Davis Jr. since he went down with an undisclosed injury during the season-opening win over UTEP. Coach Seth Littrell does not discuss the injury status of his players, but it appears as if Davis will be unavailable this week for UNT's game at UNLV. The senior wasn't listed on the Mean Green's depth chart this week. Sophomore Ridge Texada is listed as the starter at one cornerback spot with junior DeShawn Gaddie on the opposite side. - Denton Record

rSr/2023 CB John DavisNorth Texas
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  Austin Aune threw four touchdown passes, Ayo Adeyi had 10 carries for 135 yards - including a 59-yard touchdown - and North Texas never trailed Saturday night in the Mean Green's 52-29 win over Texas Southern. Andrew Body threw a 18-yard TD pass to AJ Bennett that trimmed Texas Southern's deficit to 24-17 with 9:34 left in the second quarter but North Texas (2-1) responded when Aune connected with Roderic Burns for a 70-yard touchdown 46 seconds later, Oscar Adaway III added scoring runs of 3 and 1 yard before halftime and Var'Keyes Gumms caught a 17-yard TD pass from Aune early in the third quarter to make it 52-17. Body finished 19-of-29 passing for 239 yards and a touchdown. Derek Morton had seven receptions for 115 yards and LaDarius Owens added 10 carries for 94 yards and a TD for Texas Southern (0-2). The Mean Green ran for 348 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries and finished with 608 total yards and 32 first downs. - North Texas/AP College Football

rJr/2024 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  AUG 29 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Austin Aune, North Texas,...Making his first opening day start since his senior year of high school in 2011, Aune continued his success against UTEP in his career. The junior from Argyle completed 16-29 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He helped UNT go a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone and score a road conference win to begin the year for the first time since 2005. Aune completed passes to eight different receivers. It was also UNT's first double-digit win on the road to open a season since taking down Ball State 20-10 in 2009. Aune continued his stellar career against the Miners in his third start against them, as he now has 778 passing yards, nine touchdown passes and no interceptions with a 3-0 record. - Conference USA Football

rJr/2024 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  Austin Aune threw three touchdown passes, including two in a pivotal third quarter, and North Texas pulled away for a 31-13 victory over UTEP in a season opener on Saturday. Aune, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 236 yards, connected with Tommy Bush for an 11-yard TD to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. Aune turned a 14-13 halftime lead into a 28-13 advantage for the Mean Green heading into the final quarter with scoring passes of 9 yards to Isaiah Johnson and an 11-yarder to Jake Roberts. Gavin Hardison completed 21 of 48 passes for 293 yards. Hardison gave the Miners a 7-0 lead in the second quarter with a 32-yard scoring strike to Tyrin Smith, who had seven receptions for 127 yards. Gavin Baechle kicked two field goals in the period. Ethan Mooney capped the scoring for the Mean Green with a 28-yard field goal in the final quarter. UTEP outgained North Texas 400-399 on offense. - North Texas/AP College Football

rJr/2024 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: KD Davis, North Texas, Sr LB,...Davis has led the Mean Green in total tackles for the past three seasons - the first UNT player to accomplish that feat since Zach Orr (2011-13) - and had 121 stops in 2021. He had 18 tackles in a win over Rice last season, marking the most tackles for a UNT player since at least 2000. - North Texas Football

rSr/2023 ILB KD DavisNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: KD Davis, North Texas, Senior LB,...Davis has led the Mean Green in total tackles for the past three seasons - the first UNT player to accomplish that feat since Zach Orr (2011-13) - and had 121 stops in 2021. He had 18 tackles in a win over Rice last season, marking the most tackles for a UNT player since at least 2000. - North Texas Football

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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Bernardo Rodriguez - University of North Texas,...Rodriguez (5-10, 189) is known at Coppell High School (Texas) for not allowing a single return yard in 38 punts as a senior. He also rushed for 235 yards and as a senior returned six kickoffs, including a 100-yard touchdown. Spent two years at Kansas State from 2017-18 ... Appeared in four games, posting a 36.5-yard average on eight punts for K-State in 2018 ...Apparently Rodriguez moved to UNT in 2019 but didn’t play football that year. Last season (2021), he punted 61 times for 2,675 yards with a 43.9 yard average, 16 over 50 yards, a long of 70 yards and pinning the opponent inside the 20 16 times … a season-long 70 yarder. He finished with a 54 yard average on five punts in Frisco Football Classic vs. Miami on 12/23. In 2020 season punted 37 times for 1,605 yards, an average of 43.4, with eight of 50 or more yards and nine inside the 20. - North Texas Football

rSr/2023 P Bernardo RodriguezNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: C Manase Mose, North Texas,...Mose, who has started every game for the Mean Green over the past four seasons, has become a stalwart up front and helped spearhead what was the nation's fifth-ranked rushing attack (233.5 ypg) in 2021. - North Texas Football

rSr/2023 C Manase MoseNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: KD Davis, North Texas,...Davis has led the Mean Green in total tackles for the past three seasons - the first UNT player to accomplish that feat since Zach Orr (2011-13) - and had 121 stops in 2021. He had 18 tackles in a win over Rice last season, marking the most tackles for a UNT player since at least 2000. Last season, Davis earned first-team All-Conference USA honors to go with second-team All-Texas College honors by Dave Campbell's Texas Football. He enters the 2022 season as a fourth-team selection to the Phil Steele Preseason All-American team looking to become the first player in program history to lead the team in tackles in four straight seasons. - North Texas Football

rSr/2023 ILB KD DavisNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB KD Davis, North Texas,...Started all 13 games at middle linebacker in 2021 ... Totaled 121 tackles, 13.0 TFLs and 5.5 sacks with two fumble recoveries (one was returned for a touchdown), seven quarterback hurries and a pass breakup ... First UNT player with 120+ tackles in a season since EJ Eliya in 2018 and first UNT player to lead team in tackles three straight seasons since Zach Orr (2011-13). - North Texas Football

rSr/2023 ILB KD DavisNorth Texas
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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Roderic Burns, North Texas,...Burns went from walk-on to scholarship player last year after injuries derailed the Mean Green's wide receiver corps early last year, and he picked up the slack with 58 catches for 802 yards and four touchdowns - all team-highs. He also served as the team's primary punt returner. - North Texas Football

rJr/2024 WR Roderic BurnsNorth Texas
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  UNT is expecting Jyarie Shorter and Tommy Bush to the ready for the season and has also added Nebraska transfer Latrell Neville. All three missed spring practice, when Maclin quickly got up to speed and showed that he could make an impact this fall. Maclin started out at Missouri and has the talent to quickly become a key weapon for UNT. - Denton Record

rSo/2025 WR JaMori MaclinNorth Texas
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  North Texas linebacker KD Davis has pulled his name out of the NCAA transfer portal and will return to play a fifth season with the Mean Green. Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed Davis' plans to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Monday evening. Davis' decision marks the latest turn in a wild week for one of UNT's top players. "I want to thank you so much for the last 4 years of my football career and every accomplishment that has come with being a part of the team," Davis wrote. "The decision has not been easy, but I have decided to enter the transfer portal to explore my options to play at another level and show my talents in a different environment." Davis quickly became one of the hot commodities on the transfer market. He reportedly visited Ole Miss and Texas A&M over the weekend.

Davis has since deleted the tweet saying that he was entering the transfer portal. He had yet to post a statement on what went into his decision to return to UNT, but he did acknowledge a projection that he would continue his career with the Mean Green. The decision is a key turn of events for UNT as it looks to build on its fifth bowl appearance in six seasons under coach Seth Littrell. Davis has been one of UNT's top players in each of the last three seasons and was a first-team All-Conference USA selection last year. The former Ennis standout led the Mean Green in both tackles with 121 and tackles for loss with 13 in 2021. - Denton Record


rSr/2023 ILB KD DavisNorth Texas
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  North Texas linebacker KD Davis, one of the Mean Green's top players, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and is poised to leave the program. Davis posted a note on his Instagram account early Thursday afternoon indicating that he has applied to the NCAA to transfer. A UNT source confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle a short time later that Davis is in the portal. He took to Twitter late in the afternoon and bid farewell to UNT. "I want to thank you so much for the last 4 years of my football career and every accomplishment that has come with being a part of the team," Davis wrote. "The decision has not been easy, but I have decided to enter the transfer portal to explore my options to play at another level and show my talents in a different environment." Other programs will now be able to contact Davis, who could remove his name from the portal and return to UNT for his senior season this fall, a move that seems unlikely.

UNT removed Davis from its online roster late Thursday afternoon. The deadline for players to transfer and be eligible for the 2022 season was May 1. Davis will have to apply for a waiver from the NCAA if he transfers to another school, which would help him with the process. He has graduated from UNT. Davis has ranked among UNT's top players for the last three years and was the Mean Green's lone first-team All-Conference USA selection last season. The former Ennis standout led UNT in total tackles with 121 and tackles for loss with 13. - Denton Record


rSr/2023 ILB KD DavisNorth Texas
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