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  10/23/20 - Jason BeanrSo/2023, North Texas, 6-3, 189 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Bean offers the type of dual-threat ability UNT has rarely had at quarterback over the years. He might not be as refined of a pocket passer as Aune. That didn't matter in the Mean Green's win over MTSU because he poses a constant threat in the running game. Bean broke free for a pair of 48-yard touchdown runs, guided UNT to 768 yards of offense and pulled the Mean Green out of a three-game slide. "The way I can run changes things a little bit," Bean said. Yeah, it does. Bean rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns to help move UNT to 2-3 on the season and 1-2 in Conference USA play. What made the performance even more impressive was Bean did enough in the passing game while throwing for 181 yards and two touchdowns to keep MTSU honest. And don't forget Bean came into UNT's game against the Blue Raiders stone cold. He was planted firmly on the Mean Green's bench the last two weeks while Aune cleared the 300-yard mark in passing yards in losses to Southern Miss and Charlotte. "Jason stepped in and made some huge plays," UNT coach Seth Littrell said. "I'm proud of the way he stayed ready. That takes maturity. At some point in time we are going to need both of those guys." - Denton Record

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jason BeanNorth Texas
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  10/20/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  North Texas wide receiver Jaelon Darden continued to move up on the Mean Green's list for career receptions during UNT's 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Floyd Stadium. Darden came into the game with 192 career catches and vaulted past Carlos Harris for second on UNT's all-time leaders list after grabbing 10 passes for 204 and a touchdown. Harris caught 197 passes during his time with the Mean Green that spanned from 2012-15. Darden now is chasing UNT Hall of Famer Casey Fitzgerald, who holds UNT's career record of 229 catches. Fitzgerald played for UNT from 2005-08. Darden caught his 200th career pass early in the second half. "Darden had made a lot of big plays for us," UNT coach Seth Littrell said. "You never know the way teams are going to play him, bracketing him or doubling him. They didn't do that tonight." That decision left MTSU's defensive backs facing Darden in one-on-one situations. Darden has won those battles throughout the season. He came into the night with nine touchdown catches on the season and continued to shine in UNT's win over the Blue Raiders. - Denton Record

(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  10/20/20 - Jordan RuckerrSo/2023, North Texas, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  North Texas cornerback Jordan Rucker has opted out of the season. A school spokesman confirmed the redshirt sophomore's decision to the Denton Record-Chronicle late Friday night. The former Denton Ryan standout played in two games since arriving in the summer as a transfer from Purdue. He finished with seven tackles in two games and had not played since UNT's loss to SMU in the second game of the season. Rucker was expected to contend for a starting job. Freshman Upton Stout and junior Quinn Whitlock are listed as UNT's starters heading into a game Saturday at Middle Tennessee. - Denton Record

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2023 CB Jordan RuckerNorth Texas
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  10/19/20 - Jason BeanrSo/2023, North Texas, 6-3, 189 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  OCT 19 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Texas redshirt sophomore RB Jason Bean entered the game against Middle Tennessee with the Mean Green down 21-7 early in the second quarter on Saturday. The redshirt sophomore was a game-changer, accounting for 350 total yards and five touchdowns in a little under three quarters, while leading North Texas to a 52-35 win on the road. Bean completed 12-of-17 passes for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions, while rushing 10 times for a career-high 169 yards and three scores as the Mean Green outscored the Blue Raiders 45-14 with Bean in the game.

The 350 yards accounted for 46% of North Texas' total of 768 yards, a new program record, and also the second-highest offensive output in college football this season (UCF put up 798 this week in a losing effort). The Mansfield, Texas, native accounted for a touchdown run of four yards and a pair of scores from 48 yards out. Bean's touchdown passes were of nine yards to Deonte Simpson and 55 yards to the nation's leading receiver, Jaelon Darden. Bean was also named a Manning Award Star of the Week and was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Great 8 list for his performance. - Conference USA Football


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  10/19/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  Scoring and other offensive numbers continue to rise through seven weeks of the college football season, and the weekend showed why. Clemson scored 73 points against Georgia Tech, North Texas hung 52 on Middle Tennessee, Memphis had 50 against Central Florida, and the week began with Arkansas State outscoring Georgia State 59-52. Seven teams have scored at least 63 points in a game this season. Over the entire 2019 season, a team hit 63 points 18 times. And remember, only 77 of 130 FBS teams have played so far because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten and Mountain West Conference open their seasons this week and the Pac-12 and Mid-American Conference start the first week of November.

The FBS scoring average of 30.3 points is up more than a point from last season and slightly ahead of the record of 30 points per game in 2016. The average of 3.89 touchdowns per team is slightly ahead of the record 3.82 in 2016. The total offense average of 412 yards is on pace to be the second-highest since the NCAA started keeping records in 1937, behind the record 417 yards per game in 2016. Five teams have gone over 700 yards in a game; North Texas has done it twice. The combined 1,501 yards between UCF (798) and Memphis (703) was an American Athletic Conference record. Other offensive outbursts Saturday saw North Texas pile up a program-record 768 yards against Middle Tennessee and Clemson go for 671 against Georgia Tech. - AP College Football


(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  10/17/20 - Jason BeanrSo/2023, North Texas, 6-3, 189 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Backup Jason Bean rushed for three touchdowns, passed for two more and North Texas rallied to beat Middle Tennessee 52-35 on Saturday. The Mean Green trailed 28-14 at halftime but then scored five unanswered touchdowns that included three Bean runs - two going for 48 yards each - and passes of 9 yards to Donte Simpson and 55 yards to Jaelon Darden. That left North Texas ahead 49-28 with 11 minutes remaining in the game. Bean finished with 169 yards rushing on 10 carries and was 12-of-17 passing for 181 yards as the Mean Green rolled up 768 total yards, snapping the school record of 721 set in their season-opening win over Houston Baptist. Bean entered the game in the second quarter after Austin Aune threw two interceptions and had a fumble turn into a Blue Raiders touchdown. DeAndre Torrey rushed for 143 yards and two scores and Tre Siggers added 101 yards rushing. Darden caught 10 passes for 204 yards for the Mean Green (2-3, 1-2 Conference USA). Asher O'Hara passed for three touchdowns and Chaton Mobley rushed for 156 yards and a score for the Blue Raiders (1-5, 1-3). - North Texas/AP College Football

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  10/17/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  Jaelon Darden is solidifying his status as a UNT great. Jaelon Darden came into the season with a chance to carve out a significant legacy in UNT history. The senior is capitalizing on that chance while establishing himself as one of the top players in C-USA. Darden caught 13 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the Mean Green's loss to Charlotte. The performance helped him continue to climb UNT's career leaders lists. Darden now ranks third in program history with 192 receptions. He has a chance of surpassing the record of 229 set by Casey Fitzgerald from 2005-08. Darden is on track to be a first-team All-C-USA selection as well as a UNT Hall of Famer. "I study film and know where I need to be," Darden said after the game. "If I take care of small things, everything else will take care of itself." - Denton Record

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  10/16/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  The question with UNT heading into the year was if it had any hope of making a run at a bowl game after losing standout quarterback Mason Fine to graduation. Those hopes appear dim at best nearly halfway into the season. UNT was always going to miss Fine, the two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year. The emergence of Aune has helped. He's thrown for 1,108 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interceptions after starting the Mean Green's last two games. Wide receiver Jaelon Darden is having a monster year. The senior has nine touchdown catches in four games. He went off for 244 yards and three touchdowns in UNT's loss to Charlotte. The reality for UNT is a big year from Darden isn't translating into wins. The Mean Green have too many holes throughout the rest of their lineup, partly because of the COVID-19 pandemic and injuries that have ravaged the roster. - Denton Record

(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  10/14/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  Jaelon Darden put together one of the more memorable performances of his career on Saturday. The senior wide receiver caught 13 passes for 244 yards in a notable performance in program history. Unfortunately for Darden and UNT, it came in a 49-21 loss to Charlotte at Apogee Stadium. "Darden always brings it," UNT coach Seth Littrell said. "He has the mindset and confidence to go out there and make plays. He is going to give it everything he has on every snap. He has grown over time. This is his fourth season and has played a lot of ball. He plays fast and is a great player." That was evident in the Mean Green's loss to the 49ers. Darden caught three touchdown passes and kept UNT's hopes to rally for a win over Charlotte alive late in the second half. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Austin Aune early in the fourth quarter that pulled UNT within 35-21. "I study film and know where I need to be," Darden said. "If I take care of small things, everything else will take care of itself." - Denton Record

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  10/08/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  Jaelon Darden continues to play well and sophomore wide receiver Deonte Simpson keeps coming on for UNT. Darden caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season and had 13 catches for 104 yards against Southern Miss. Simpson added five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Those two receivers will continue to help UNT excel in the passing game. - Denton Record

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  10/08/20 - Austin AunerSo/2023, North Texas, 6-2, 216 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Austin Aune made his first start for North Texas in its game against Southern Miss on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The former Argyle standout enjoyed a few good moments, make a couple of mistakes and left it all with an empty feeling after the Golden Eagles knocked off the Mean Green 41-31 at Apogee Stadium. "To me it's all wins and losses," Aune said. "I don't care if we run for 500 yards and get zero passing yards. I want to get the ball to our playmakers and win football games." UNT didn't come close to that goal on a night when it was shorthanded across the board due to injuries and the impact of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. UNT announced before the game that it would be without seven players, including starting linebackers Tyreke Davis and Kevin Wood. UNT needed its offense to carry the team without those players. Aune threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns. It just wasn't enough for the Mean Green to pull out the win. Aune played in each of the Mean Green's first two games of the season. Aune enjoyed a breakout performance in UNT's loss to SMU on Sept. 19, throwing for 276 yards and two touchdowns. That performance earned him the starting job on a night when Bean didn't play. - Denton Record

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  10/02/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  The list of teams Jaelon Darden has played for, or was expected to join, during his football journey points toward a restless soul. The Houston native played at two high schools, was forced to sit out part of his senior season after transferring, and committed to three colleges, including one that pulled his scholarship offer. Darden never found a long-term home until he landed at North Texas, where he's become a cornerstone for the Mean Green. The senior is in his third year as a starter, ranks second in program history with 24 career touchdown catches and has emerged as a team leader as well as one of the more productive players in college football in a pandemic-impacted season.

Darden leads the nation in touchdown catches with five heading into the Mean Green's Conference USA opener against Southern Miss (0-3, 0-1) on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, despite the fact UNT (1-1) has played just two games. "The journey has been hard, but then again, it wasn't with the things I have been through," Darden said. "They didn't faze me at all. I just took it on the chin and ran with it." - Denton Record


(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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  09/15/20 - Joe OzougwurSr/2021, North Texas, 6-3, 234 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Linebacker Joe Ozougwu has opted out of the season, UNT coach Seth Littrell confirmed last week. A host of players across the country have elected not to play this season due to concerns over the virus. Ozougwu has entered the NCAA transfer portal and is exploring the possibility of playing his senior season with another program. - Denton Record

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Joe OzougwuNorth Texas
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  09/12/20 - Joe OzougwurSr/2021, North Texas, 6-3, 234 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  North Texas defensive end Joe Ozougwu entered the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday. The senior did not play in the Mean Green's season-opening 57-31 win over Houston Baptist. UNT coach Seth Littrell said during his weekly coaches radio show Tuesday night that Ozougwu has opted out of the season. Several players across the country have opted out due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and elected to transfer. Ozougwu was listed as Larry Nixon III's backup at rush end heading into the season. The former Alief Taylor standout posted 42 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks in 2019, when he started nine games. - Denton Record

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  09/08/20 - Jaelon DardenSr/2021, North Texas, 5-08, 174 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  The feeling heading into the season was that UNT has some serious depth at its skill positions. Nothing that transpired in the Mean Green's win over HBU dispelled that notion. UNT's top players all showed up in a big way, including Jaelon Darden (three touchdown catches) and DeAndre Torrey (85 rushing yards). What was even more encouraging was the fact that so many of UNT's younger players fared well when they had the opportunity. Oscar Adaway came on late to rush for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Deonte Simpson and Kealon Jackson each had three catches. Adaway and Jackson are redshirt freshmen, while Simpson is a sophomore. - Denton Record

(DS#38 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jaelon DardenNorth Texas
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