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  11/13/21 - Austin AunerSo/2024, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Austin Aune threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, Ethan Mooney made a 27-yard field goal with 7 seconds left and North Texas held on to beat UTEP 20-17 on Saturday. On third-and-8 from the 32, Aune hit Detraveon Brown for a 58-yard gain to the to 10 and, after a North Texas timeout, Mooney's kick put the Mean Green in front. UNT (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) took a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter before a 17-play, 98-yard drive ended when Isaiah Johnson was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

UTEP's Gavin Hardison went 4-of-5 passing - including completions to Jacob Cowings of 46 yards on the first play of the drive and 27 yards to the Mean Green 4 - on a seven-play, 98-yard march capped by Ronald Awatt's 4-yard touchdown run. After North Texas went three-and-out, Gavin Baechle made a 37-yard field goal to make it 17-all with 55 seconds left. Cowings finished with five receptions for 174 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, and Awatt ran for 85 yards on 17 carries for UTEP (6-4, 3-3). UNT has won three in a row following a six-game losing streak to keep its hopes for bowl eligibility alive. The Mean Green play at Florida International next Saturday before completing their regular season at home against No. 23 UTSA on Nov. 27. - North Texas/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  11/07/21 - Austin AunerSo/2024, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Isaiah Johnson and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns and North Texas beat Southern Mississippi 38-14 on Saturday. Johnson ran it 17 times for 119 yards and Ragsdale added 112 yards on 15 carries. Johnson's 8-yard touchdown pulled North Texas (2-6, 1-3 Conference USA) to 14-7 at halftime. Ragsdale added a 2-yard score and a 44-yarder in the third quarter. The Mean Green's KD Davis recovered a fumble in the end zone with 3:44 remaining to cap the scoring. North Texas finished with 321 yards rushing. Austin Aune was 16-of-30 passing for 216 yards. Jake Lange threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jason Brownlee for Southern Miss (1-7, 0-4). Jay Stanley's 55-yard pick-6 gave the Golden Eagles an early 14-0 lead. - North Texas/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Austin AuneNorth Texas
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  10/30/21 - DeAndre TorreyrSr/2022, North Texas, 5-06, 199 (DS#99 RB) + More +

  Ayo Adeyi had two touchdown runs from short yardage, including one in overtime to give North Texas a 30-24 victory over Rice on Saturday. Christian VanSickle missed a 46-yard field goal attempt for Rice (3-5, 2-2 Conference USA), which had the first possession on OT. Adeyi scored from the 1 on the ensuing series and North Texas (2-6, 1-3) ended a six-game losing streak. Isaiah Johnson's 6-yard TD run gave the Mean Green a 24-17 lead with 2:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Owls answered with Jake Constantine throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Patterson III with 16 seconds left. Jake Bailey's 36-yard diving catch on fourth-and-10, and a North Texas unsportsmanlike conduct penalty helped keep the drive alive. DeAndre Torrey also had a short touchdown run for the Mean Green. It was his 31st rushing touchdown of his career. Constantine was 16-of-30 passing for 242 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Bailey finished with 10 catches for 143 yards and a score. - North Texas/AP College Football

(DS#99 RB) rSr/2022 RB DeAndre TorreyNorth Texas
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  09/05/21 - DeAndre TorreyrSr/2022, North Texas, 5-06, 199 (DS#99 RB) + More +

  DeAndre Torrey ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and North Texas opened the season with a 44-14 romp over FCS-member Northwestern State on Saturday. Torrey staked the Mean Green to a 7-0 lead with a 24-yard TD run with 4:35 left in the first quarter. His second touchdown run came from 32 yards out to put North Texas up 14-7 with 12:22 left before halftime. Torrey's third TD was a 31-yard run at the 4:35 mark of the second, stretching a three-point lead to 24-14 and igniting 27 unanswered points by the Mean Green.

Isaiah Green carried 11 times for 48 yards and a score as North Texas amassed 345 of its 527 yards of total offense on the ground. Jace Ruder completed 10 of 21 passes for 131 yards and a score with two interceptions. Roderic Burns had six catches for 114 yards and a TD. Freshman Kevin Davis had two of the Mean Green's four sacks. Kaleb Fletcher completed 13 of 22 passes - including a 65-yard scoring strike to Kendrick Price Jr. that knotted the score at 7 - with one interception for Northwestern State. The Demons fumbled five times, losing three. - North Texas/AP College Football


(DS#99 RB) rSr/2022 RB DeAndre TorreyNorth Texas
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  08/31/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 308 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  North Texas defensive tackle Dion Novil was among five UNT players who was named a team captain on Sunday. Running back DeAndre Torrey, linebacker KD Davis, offensive lineman Manase Mose and deep snapper Nate Durham were also named captains. Dion Novil was among a host of North Texas veterans who elected to return for a fifth season with the Mean Green in 2021 in the hope of pushing the team to new heights. "I have a lot more to prove and a lot left in the tank," the defensive tackle said this fall. "I want to leave on a high note." Novil will have a chance to do just that while serving as a team captain along with four other UNT veterans. UNT announced it had selected its captains on Sunday afternoon. Running back DeAndre Torrey is the other fifth-year senior among the group. - Denton Record

(DS#17 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  08/28/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 308 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  North Texas defensive tackle Dion Novil returned for a fifth season with the Mean Green because he felt like he had unfinished business. Novil wants to win a title and is making the move to defensive tackle in a four-man front in the hope that he can help UNT reach that goal. Dion Novil stopped this fall to think about all he has done over four seasons at North Texas - starting with the positions he's manned on the Mean Green's defensive line. Defensive end? Yep. That was early in his career. Nose tackle? Yeah, he's done that too. Novil hit the carbs hard to push his weight to 330 pounds and get ready for all the double teams he took on last year.

The Abilene native is on the move again this fall, this time to tackle in a four-man front to complete his defensive line tour of duty. "I have played every position on the defensive line, now that you mention it," Novil said. The senior has never hesitated to do what's been asked and certainly won't deviate from that approach now. Not when he's down to his last shot at the one goal he always wanted to reach at UNT but hasn't managed to knock off his bucket list. "I can't say I am too proud of what I have accomplished because we haven't won a championship," Novil said. "That's one of my biggest goals. There's still one thing missing." - Denton Record


(DS#17 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  Running back Oscar Adaway III tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during fall camp and is expected to miss extensive time, a UNT source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle on Sunday night. Adaway rushed for 572 yards in seven games last season. He was expected to compete for playing time with DeAndre Torrey. Torrey led UNT with 656 rushing yards in 2020 and will be a fifth-year senior this fall. Adaway emerged as one of UNT's most potent offensive weapons after eclipsing the 100-yard mark rushing in each of the Mean Green's first two games of the 2020 season. He rolled up 118 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries in a season-opening win over Houston Baptist and came back to post 104 yards in a loss to SMU. - Denton Record

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Oscar Adaway IIINorth Texas
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  08/21/21 - Manase MoserJr/2023, North Texas, 6-1, 292 (DS#999 C) + More +

  Manase Mose stepped into North Texas' starting lineup as a redshirt freshman back in 2018 and hasn't left since. The awards have quickly stacked up for the former Euless Trinity standout along the way. The latest came Thursday when Mose was named to the watchlist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The honor is presented annually to a player of Polynesian ancestry who displays ability and integrity. Mose has started all 35 games he has played for the Mean Green since his redshirt freshman season. He started out at guard before moving to center last season.

Mose is working at both guard and center as UNT prepares for its season opener against Northwestern State on Sept. 4. "It will help me in the long run," Mose said of playing multiple spots. "I feel comfortable doing it and helping the team get better. I feel good about our offensive line. We have a lot of experience coming back." Mose will be among the leaders of the group as he looks to build on his list of accomplishments that have piled up over the last few years. He was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team in 2018, when he was also an honorable mention all-league pick. Mose was named honorable mention all-league again last season in his first year at center. - Denton Record


(DS#999 C) rJr/2023 C Manase MoseNorth Texas
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  08/17/21 - DeAndre TorreyrSr/2022, North Texas, 5-06, 199 (DS#99 RB) + More +

  One of the big questions at the beginning of fall practice every year for any college football team is if the offseason pronouncements of change show up when things go live. Do the players who change positions stick at their new spots? What about coaches filling new roles? What's transpired over the first couple of days of practice indicate most of those changes are here to stay. One of the interesting tweaks of the offseason was running back DeAndre Torrey seeing time in the slot. It's easy to see why UNT might want to try it out. Torrey is one of the Mean Green's most dynamic players with the ball in his hands. He enters his senior season ranked ninth in program history with 3,324 all-purpose yards. He's scored 27 touchdowns in his time with the Mean Green. Torrey was running drills with UNT's wide receivers today and looked good. The Mississippi native said earlier this fall that he was getting used to his new role. - Denton Record

(DS#99 RB) rSr/2022 RB DeAndre TorreyNorth Texas
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  08/07/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 308 (DS#17 DT) + More +

  North Texas defensive lineman Dion Novil and offensive lineman Manase Mose were named to the watch list for the Lombardi award on Thursday. The honor is presented to the top lineman or linebacker in college football each season. Both offensive and defensive linemen are eligible for the award that takes performance into account as well as how candidates exemplify the charter and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. There were a total of 80 players named to the watch list. Novil has been a force throughout his four seasons at UNT. The Abilene native elected to return for a fifth season with the Mean Green after being named to the All-Conference USA first team in 2020.

Novil finished with 38 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 10 games in 2020 while facing constant double teams as UNT's nose tackle. Novil started out as a defensive end at UNT before moving inside to tackle. He has gradually improved, from being a backup as a freshman to a part-time starter to one of the top linemen in Conference USA. "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 and will have the chance to quickly add to those totals in a new scheme. - Denton Record


(DS#17 DT) rSr/2022 DT Dion NovilNorth Texas
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  08/01/21 - DeAndre TorreyrSr/2022, North Texas, 5-06, 199 (DS#99 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#99 RB) rSr/2022 RB DeAndre TorreyNorth Texas
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  07/30/21 - Dion NovilrSr/2022, North Texas, 6-3, 308 (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 RuderrSo/2024, North Texas, 6-2, 228 (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) rSo/2024 QB Jace RuderNorth Texas
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  07/06/21 - Austin AunerSo/2024, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#999 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

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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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