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  08/01/21 - DeAndre TorreyrSr/2022, North Texas, 5-06, 195 (DS#86 RB) + More +

  North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey made quite the impression in his debut with the Mean Green back in 2018, when he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in a win over SMU. Returning kicks wasn't expected to be the way Torrey made an impact with the Mean Green. Torrey's time on special teams turned out to be just one of several ways he's contributed that also include eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing yards and the 3,000-yard mark in all-purpose yards.

Those varied talents landed Torrey on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award on Thursday. There were 57 players included on the initial list of candidates for the honor that is presented to the most versatile player in college football each season. Torrey has scored 27 touchdowns in his career with the Mean Green, including 23 rushing touchdowns, a total that ranks seventh in program history. He has three receiving touchdowns to go along with his kick return for a score. - Denton Record


(DS#86 RB) rSr/2022 RB DeAndre TorreyNorth Texas
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  07/30/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  Landing Dion Novil back in 2017 didn't appear like a huge win for North Texas. The Abilene Wylie defensive tackle wasn't highly recruited or regarded. To say Novil's come a long way since would be a huge understatement. The latest indication came Tuesday when he was included on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The award is presented to the defensive player of the year in college football each season. Novil is among 90 players who were included on the list. The senior earned first-team All-Conference USA honors last season when he finished with 37 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 10 games.

Novil elected to return for a second chance at his senior season after the NCAA granted football players an additional season of eligibility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 campaign will be Novil's fifth with the Mean Green. That decision to return will allow Novil to build on his budding legacy at UNT, a school he credits with helping him develop into an NFL prospect. "I owe everything to North Texas," Novil said last season. "I came in here not having a high football IQ, not having good technique to where I am right now. It's actually pretty cool seeing the transformation." Novil enters the 2021 season with 135 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in his career. - Denton Record


(DS#17 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  07/14/21 - Jace RuderrJr/2023, North Texas, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  North Texas made a bit of a splash a few weeks ago when it landed North Carolina transfer quarterback Jace Ruder. The Kansas native is a former four-star prospect and just the type of player who could have an impact on a team's fortunes. He's far from being the only quarterback entering Conference USA this season who fits that profile. Luke McCaffrey went from Louisville to Rice. Austin Kendall joined the fray last week when he jumped from West Virginia to Louisiana Tech. And that's just for starters. There are more than a half dozen high profile quarterback transfers who have landed in C-USA heading into the 2021 season. N'Kosi Perry moved from one beach town to another when he went from Miami to Florida Atlantic. Former Texas A&M quarterback James Foster ended up at Charlotte. - Denton Record

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jace RuderNorth Texas
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  07/06/21 - Austin AunerJr/2023, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#43 QB) + More +

  It wasn't that long ago that quarterback Austin Aune and his teammates were essentially on their own. The COVID-19 pandemic forced UNT to shut down its athletics facilities last summer. The Mean Green's players trained any way they could, running in parks and lifting at home. Aune can see the difference the return to a regular routine has made for the Mean Green over the last few weeks. "Our offseason has been great," Aune said recently. "The biggest difference between this offseason and last year is we couldn't do the offseason program last year. We're in great shape to have a good year. The culture of the team is in a good place. Guys are pushing each other and holding each other accountable." UNT is hoping that change will help it build on a 4-6 season that culminated with a loss to Appalachian State in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The Mean Green have played in bowl games in four of their five seasons under coach Seth Littrell. UNT will enter the fall looking to break through for its first bowl win since the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the end of the 2013 season. - Denton Record

(DS#43 QB) rJr/2023 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  06/26/21 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  Jaelon Darden and Hope Trautwein dazzled North Texas fans throughout 2020-21 school year. Darden needed just nine games to post 19 receiving touchdowns, while Trautwein became the first known player to strike out all 21 batters in a Division I softball game. Those accomplishments and others landed both on the short list of contenders for Conference USA's Michael L. Slive athlete of the year awards. The league announced its list of contenders for both awards on Friday. Each of the nominees received player of the year honors in their individual sports.

Darden was named C-USA's Most Valuable Player after posting one of the best individual seasons in program history. The Houston native became the first UNT player to be named a consensus All-American since program legend "Mean" Joe Greene in 1968. The 5-foot-9 speedster caught 74 passes for 1,190 yards in his final season with the Mean Green. He became the first UNT player selected in the NFL draft since linebacker Cody Spencer in 2004 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the fourth round on May 1. "It shows how much they trusted me," Darden said. "They loved what I was doing. I am shocked that I was picked by the Super Bowl champs." - FOX 4 TV News, Dallas


(DS#27 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  06/25/21 - Austin AunerJr/2023, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#43 QB) + More +

  North Texas still has a long way to go before opening the 2021 football season. Summer workouts have yet to wrap up. There is still an entire fall camp for UNT to sort out how it will build on its fourth bowl appearance in five years. That didn't prevent UNT coach Seth Littrell from laying out where the Mean Green stand now when it comes to the race for the starting quarterback job on Thursday. "Right now, in June, it's Austin Aune," Littrell said during the first session of UNT's annual coaches' caravan. "Austin had a great spring and is having a great summer. Other guys did as well. We will see how it goes as we move forward as we always do. I feel very good about where we are at. Austin did a lot of great things this past season." The race for the starting quarterback job was just one of a host of topics UNT coaches and officials addressed during a wide-ranging series of interviews during a virtual event. - Denton Record

(DS#43 QB) rJr/2023 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  05/27/21 - Greg FrancisrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-2, 195 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  North Texas landed UNLV transfer defensive back Greg Francis on Tuesday, when the Mean Green continued to load up on players who could immediately bolster their defense. Francis announced his decision on his Twitter account. The Las Vegas native did not play during what was supposed to be his senior season in 2020. UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo announced in November that Francis had opted out of the remainder of the season. He will have one season of eligibility remaining at UNT. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bishop Gorman product played as a backup defensive back and on special teams in 2017 and 2018 before emerging as a starter in 2019. - Denton Record

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Greg FrancisNorth Texas
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  05/22/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 315 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  The best news UNT received in the offseason was Novil's decision to return for a second chance at his senior season. Novil was a force in the middle of UNTs three-man defensive front last season when he posted 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks while facing constant double teams. One of the intriguing storylines for the Mean Green heading into the 2021 season is how Novil will fare under new coordinator Phil Bennett. The former SMU coach said he would like Novil to slim down from the 330 pounds he played at last season and become more active. UNT will base out of a four-man front under Bennett, which will open opportunities for Novil to see more one-on-one matchups and become an even bigger pass-rushing force. Novil has the type of talent that should make him an elite player in C-USA again this season no matter how UNT uses him. - Denton Record

(DS#17 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  05/22/21 - Manase MoserSr/2022, North Texas, 6-1, 292 (DS#43 C) + More +

  Mose seems like he has been a staple of UNT's offensive line forever. That's a good thing, as far as the Mean Green are concerned. The former Euless Trinity standout has started 35 straight games since moving into the lineup at right guard as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Mose moved to center last season to replace his brother, Sosaia Mose, after he graduated. Manase Mose was an honorable mention All-C-USA selection last season, when UNT's offensive line was arguably the Mean Green's most improved and effective unit. He should be in for another big season this fall. - Denton Record

(DS#43 C) rSr/2022 C Manase MoseNorth Texas
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  05/19/21 - Jyaire ShorterrJr/2023, North Texas, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Shorter emerged as one of UNT's top offensive playmakers in 2019 when he caught 24 passes for 473 yards and nine touchdowns. The hope heading into the 2020 campaign was that Shorter would continue to capitalize on his considerable potential. The Killeen native is one of the fastest players on UNT's roster and is a matchup nightmare due to his size at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. Those hopes went unfulfilled after Shorter suffered a leg injury in the third week of the season that kept him out the remainder of the year. Shorter will have the chance to return to form this fall and will be key to UNT's reload at wide receiver after losing Jaelon Darden to the NFL. - Denton Record

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Jyaire ShorterNorth Texas
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  05/17/21 - Makyle SandersrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-0, 210 (DS#96 SS) + More +

  Sanders finished second among UNT players last season with 68 tackles to go along with two interceptions. The senior entered the NCAA transfer portal after the season. He pulled his name out after exploring his options and will return to UNT for another season. Sanders should be among the Mean Green's most productive defensive players again in 2021. - Denton Record

(DS#96 SS) rSr/2022 SS Makyle SandersNorth Texas
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  05/16/21 - Tommy BushrJr/2023, North Texas, 6-4, 195 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  North Texas picked up a commitment from Georgia transfer wide receiver Tommy Bush on Saturday night. Tommy Bush was once one of the top prospects in the country when it came to high school wide receivers. The former Schertz Clements standout will try to capitalize on that potential at North Texas. Bush announced his decision to return to his home state and play for the Mean Green on Saturday night. He spent the first three years of his college career at Georgia and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at UNT. Bush announced his decision on his Twitter account, where he thanked the Georgia coaching staff and his former teammates before saying that he would continue his career at UNT. Bush is one of more highly regarded players to transfer to UNT in recent years. He was considered one of the top 200 prospects in the country when he signed with Georgia in 2018. - Denton Record

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Tommy BushNorth Texas
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  New North Texas defensive coordinator Phil Bennett left little doubt what he values when it comes to players earlier this spring. "Where I differ from a lot of people is I don't dwell on size," Bennett said. "I'm a speed guy. I go by the philosophy that speed kills. And I want movement. I want guys who can run." UNT took another step toward building that type of defense late Friday night when it landed a commitment from Sean-Thomas Faulkner, a graduate transfer from The Citadel. Faulkner played a key role in the last three seasons for The Citadel and comes to UNT with two seasons of eligibility remaining. He announced his decision on his Twitter account. "Back to work," Faulkner wrote in his tweet. The South Carolina native finished with 40 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, in just four games last season at strong safety. - Denton Record

(DS#999 FS) rSr/2022 FS Sean-Thomas FaulknerNorth Texas
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  05/15/21 - Jimmy WalkerrSo/2024, North Texas, 6-3, 262 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  North Texas defensive end Jimmy Walker enters transfer portal...Walker has spent two seasons at UNT. He made his first career tackle in a loss to Charlotte last season, when he played sparingly. Walker redshirted in his first year at UNT in 2019. He is a former Houston Lutheran North standout. Walker was highly recruited coming out of high school and was offered a scholarship by New Mexico, Tulane and UTSA. He was a redshirt freshman last season and still has four years of eligibility remaining after the NCAA granted players an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. - Denton Record

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2024 DE Jimmy WalkerNorth Texas
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  Former Arkansas defensive lineman Enoch Jackson announced his transfer destination Tuesday. Jackson, the second Razorbacks player to announce plans to transfer from Arkansas following spring practices, has committed to North Texas, according to a post to his Twitter account. He stated plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal on April 21. Jackson (6-0, 298 pounds) was in competition for playing time at defensive tackle during the spring, but Isaiah Nichols, Taurean Carter, Eric Gregory, who has a combo role at end and tackle, and others appeared to be ahead of him in the depth chart. He played in three games over the last two seasons - against Mississippi State and Western Kentucky in 2019, and against LSU in 2020. He did not record any statistics. Jackson finished the Razorbacks' spring game on April 17 with 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack for the Red team. - Northwest Arkansas Times

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Enoch Jackson Jr.North Texas
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