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  04/05/21 - TaShoyn JohnsonFr/2024, North Texas, 6-1, 299 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  When it comes to players who could come out of nowhere in 2021 among UNT's defensive linemen, though, look no further than Ta'Shoyn Johnson. The Killeen native didn't make a huge impact as a freshman last fall. He finished with two tackles, but he did gain experience while playing in all 10 of UNT's games. He started twice. Johnson saw plenty of time during UNT's spring game last week, a sign that he has progressed since last season and begun to capitalize on his potential. The 6-foot-1, 299-pound freshman was rated as a three-star prospect coming out of high school and had scholarship offers from Tulsa, New Mexico and Nevada. UNT is counting on the top players from its last two recruiting classes that were ranked No. 2 among Conference USA schools by 247Sports to bolster a defense that allowed 42.8 points per game last season. Johnson was among a host of highly regarded defensive prospects in those classes. - Denton Record

(DS#999 DT) Fr/2024 DT TaShoyn JohnsonNorth Texas
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  04/02/21 - Jake RobertsFr/2024, North Texas, 6-3, 230 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  North Texas coach Seth Littrell has quite the history when it comes to coaching tight ends. Working with players at the position was part of his responsibilities at Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina. All coaches who have been in the college game at a high level for as long as Littrell list a few high-level NFL players they have coached. One of Littrell's top former players is legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski, who played at Arizona. Littrell has long vowed to make tight ends a bigger part of UNT's offense and has made headway in that regard. Jason Pirtle has been a key contributor late in his career. Late last season, it appeared as if Jake Roberts was in position to emerge as the heir apparent at the position. The freshman caught four passes for 49 yards and started two of UNT's last four regular season games. That experience should pay off for Roberts, who was one of UNT's higher-rated recruits in its 2020 class. The Oklahoma native passed on offers from Colorado and Memphis to sign with the Mean Green. - Denton Record

(DS#999 FB) Fr/2024 FB Jake RobertsNorth Texas
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  03/25/21 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  Jaelon Darden has maintained focus on his dream of reaching the NFL throughout his football journey. Staying on that day-to-day grind has put Darden in position to become the first North Texas player selected in the NFL draft since 2004 heading into his pro day on Thursday. The Houston native has rarely looked forward toward what it will be like to live out his NFL dreams. Tuesday was one of those days. "I'm definitely going to shed a couple of tears because I've been working hard and did it with my best friend in my life, which is my dad," Darden said during a press conference ahead of his pro day. "That's going to be the hardest part. I can't share that moment with him, but I can share it with my mom and my little brother." Darden's father, Manya Darden, died of a heart condition over the summer.

Darden played his senior season with his father on his mind and put together one of the greatest campaigns in program history. He caught a program record 19 touchdown passes in just nine games and finished his career as UNT's career leader in receptions (230), receiving yards (2,782) and receiving touchdowns (38). "He's one of the best players I've coached offensively," UNT coach Seth Littrell said. "He's meant a lot to this program as a player and a lot to me as a person. "I look at him as a not only a great player but also a close friend." - Denton Record


(DS#27 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  03/10/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#12 DT) + More +

  One of the biggest turn of events in the offseason for UNT was defensive tackle Dion Novil electing to use the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA. The Abilene native was a first-team All-Conference USA selection last season. Littrell talked to Novil about his options at the end of the year. "The biggest thing is just educating any player who has the option or the goals of reaching the NFL and making sure that he's in the right position," Littrell said. Novil played the nose tackle spot last season. He'll have the chance to move around and be more of a playmaker in Bennett's scheme. Bennett said earlier this spring that he would like to see Novil drop weight and be more mobile and active this year. Novil was listed at 330 pounds last season. "Some players will be in some different positions," Littrell said. "Our guys have been very receptive about doing whatever it takes and trusting the coaches to put them in the right position to be successful." - Denton Record

(DS#12 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  02/22/21 - Kameron HillrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-2, 243 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Kameron Hill had quite the game against North Texas during his junior season at Abilene Christian. The defensive end posted two sacks, forced two fumbles and was credited with three tackles for loss in UNT's 51-31 win in 2019. Afterward, Hill met Riley Mayfield, a former ACU standout who transferred to UNT and finished his career with the Mean Green the previous year. Hill made his decision to transfer to UNT official late Saturday with an announcement on his Twitter account. - Denton Record

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Kameron HillNorth Texas
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  02/20/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#12 DT) + More +

  North Texas has received plenty of good news since its loss to Appalachian State in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Arguably the best of that news was defensive tackle Dion Novil's decision to take advantage of the NCAA granting players an additional season of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. Novil was a first-team All-Conference USA selection and was the only UNT representative on the first- or second-team defense. The senior could have headed off to chase his NFL dreams but elected to return for another season with the Mean Green. UNT needs all the help it can get after allowing 42.8 points per game heading into its first season under new coordinator Phil Bennett. Novil will give UNT a place to start as it looks to rebuild. The Abilene native anchored the middle of UNT's defense and is one of a handful of key players who are set to return up front. - Denton Record

(DS#12 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  02/12/21 - Tyrae ThorntonrJr/2022, North Texas, 5-10, 179 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Tyrae Thornton knew something wasn't right late last summer. The Houston native was sick and thought he might have COVID-19, putting the status of his junior season at Rice in doubt. Thornton found out later that he had mononucleosis and opted to sit out the season. That choice was the first step in a journey that led to the 6-foot cornerback landing at North Texas as a graduate transfer. Thornton announced his decision to transfer to UNT on his Twitter account Thursday. He will graduate from Rice in May and enroll at UNT over the summer. UNT entered the offseason looking to rebuild a defense that allowed 42.8 points per game last season. - Denton Record

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB Tyrae ThorntonNorth Texas
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  01/25/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#12 DT) + More +

  North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey is set to return for another season with the Mean Green. UNT updated its roster for the 2021 season on Friday, when a handful of players who have entered the NCAA transfer portal were removed, midterm transfers added and some clarity emerged as far as what the Mean Green's roster will look like next fall. Torrey, defensive lineman Dion Novil and linebacker Tyreke Davis are among the most important of UNT's seniors who are set to return. Torrey, Novil and Davis are among the UNT players who elected to take advantage of that opportunity. Torrey led UNT with 656 rushing yards and six touchdowns in nine games last fall. Novil posted eight tackles for loss and was UNT's lone first-team All-Conference USA selection. - Denton Record

(DS#12 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she's been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. Attendance at the inauguration will be strictly curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and security measures put in place after a violent mob supporting President Donald Trump invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was certifying Biden's victory. Fuller helped Vanderbilt win the Southeastern Conference women's soccer tournament as the goalkeeper. She helped out the football team while it was dealing with COVID-19 issues. She became the first woman to play in a Power Five game Nov. 28 with a squib kick to open the second half of a loss at Missouri in the only time she got on the field in that game. She got another chance on Dec. 12, when Vanderbilt had only 49 scholarship players for its game against Tennessee. - AP College Football

(DS#999 K) rSr/2022 K Sarah FullerNorth Texas
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  01/17/21 - Kealon JacksonrFr/2024, North Texas, 5-08, 167 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  UNT will look to those players to help fill the void left by the departure of Siggers, who became the seventh player the Mean Green have lost to the portal since the end of the season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kealon Jackson and sophomore defensive back Jaxon Gibbs entered the portal late Friday afternoon, pushing the number to nine. Jackson caught three passes for 23 yards last season. Gibbs posted 11 tackles in three games. The NCAA has granted all players an additional season of eligibility, which has fostered more player movement the last few weeks. - Denton Record

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Kealon JacksonNorth Texas
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  01/15/21 - Makyle SandersrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-0, 210 (DS#72 SS) + More +

  Five North Texas players entered the NCAA transfer portal late this week, including a pair of seniors who were eligible to return for another season with the Mean Green. Cornerback Cam Johnson and safety Makyle Sanders started throughout their senior campaigns. Wide receiver Greg White and linebacker Chris Thornton were backups in 2020, while offensive lineman Brian Parish opted out of the season. The NCAA froze eligibility clocks for fall sports athletes this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson and Sanders could have returned for another season, despite playing key roles as seniors last season for the Mean Green. - Denton Record

(DS#72 SS) rSr/2022 SS Makyle SandersNorth Texas
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  01/09/21 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  North Texas wide receiver Jaelon Darden was already a notable player in program history by the time the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its All-America team on Thursday. Making an 11th All-America team - this time as a second-team selection - was significant for Darden because it made him a consensus All-American. Darden is the first player to receive the distinction since program legend "Mean" Joe Greene in 1968. The 5-foot-9 speedster caught 74 passes for 1,190 yards and 19 touchdowns in just nine games. He declared for the NFL draft following UNT's win over UTEP in the Mean Green's regular season finale. - Denton Record

(DS#27 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  01/02/21 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR-Jaelon Darden, Sr., North Texas,...Darden finished with 74 receptions for 1,190 yards and a single-season program record 19 touchdowns in just nine games. His 19 receiving scores lead the Football Bowl Subdivision and entering the postseason has two more than Alabama's DeVonta Smith, who has the second-most nationally. Darden ranks seventh in the country in receptions per game (8.2). Darden led the nation in games with three or more receiving touchdowns, with four, and also tied for the most receiving scores in a single game in the country with four. Darden ranks third nationally in receiving yards per game (132.2) and receiving yards (1,190) and fourth in receptions (74). Darden concluded his time in Denton as the program's career record-holder in receptions (230), receiving yards (2,781) and receiving touchdowns (38). - North Texas Football

(DS#27 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  01/02/21 - Jacob BrammerrJr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 301 (DS#93 OG) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL-Jacob Brammer, R-Jr., North Texas,...Brammer, a second team selection, is part of a much-improved offensive line that has helped North Texas to become Conference USA's top scoring offense in terms of scoring (35.1 ppg) and most effective in terms of total offense (515.0 yards per game), which also ranks seventh in FBS. Brammer is an anchor at right tackle for a unit that has been named as one of 22 units in the nation to the Joe Moore Midseason Honor Roll. He has started all nine games at right tackle and is a member of the team's leadership council. - North Texas Football

(DS#93 OG) rJr/2022 OG Jacob BrammerNorth Texas
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  01/02/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#12 DT) + More +

  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DT-Dion Novil, Sr., North Texas,...Novil, a disruptive force in the middle of the UNT defense, has recorded 37 tackles, a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss (which ranks eighth in C-USA), 2.5 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and a quarterback hurry in nine appearances. - North Texas Football

(DS#12 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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