Athletics

Man in the middle
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Mon, Aug 29, 2016 - 11:06pm

By Brett Vito

Alec Morris came to North Texas with simple dreams just a few months ago.

UNT coach Seth Littrell confirmed on Monday those dreams are about to come to true for the former Alabama quarterback. Morris has been named the Mean Green’s starter for their season opener Saturday against rival SMU.

Littrell released UNT’s depth chart during his first game-week press conference. Morris was listed as the Mean Green’s starter as expected with freshman Mason Fine as his backup.

“Alec has gotten a lot better since he first got here in January,” Littrell said. “His biggest strides were from spring ball...

Preston looks to be key in UNT defense
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Sat, Aug 27, 2016 - 12:41am

Ashton Preston never imagined his role on the field changing once he arrived at North Texas last season.

The Oklahoma native had played cornerback his entire football career, and he was pretty good at it. One recruiting service rated Preston as the second-best player at the position in Oklahoma during his senior season.

The speed and agility Preston showed back then are helping the sophomore thrive after an unexpected offseason move to nickelback.

Preston was listed as co-starter with converted linebacker Calvin Minor at the nickel spot following spring practice. He has continued to excel at the position in...

UNT bolsters offense with recent addition
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Sat, Aug 20, 2016 - 11:35pm

By Brett Vito

Anthony Wyche has spent a whole lot of time since he arrived at North Texas this summer hunkered down in a film room.

The payoff was clear on Saturday during the Mean Green’s third scrimmage of fall practice at Apogee Stadium.

Wyche worked with UNT’s first- and second-team offenses and scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mason Fine. UNT added the former Los Angeles Valley College standout to bolster a backfield that already includes standout junior Jeffrey Wilson.

That plan is playing out just as UNT hoped it would.

“Wyche had a great scrimmage brought some...

UNT taps LA Valley pipeline for safety
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Mon, Aug 15, 2016 - 7:22pm

By Brett Vito

Michael Sewell Jr. thought he would be in the midst of fall camp at Cal at this point in his career just a few weeks ago.

Those plans changed quickly and led to the LA Valley College safety to commit to North Texas late Sunday night.

Sewell (6-2, 197) was set to join Cal for his sophomore season this fall. He will return to LA Valley instead and will be a midterm transfer and a member of UNT’s 2017 class.

UNT defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler recruited Sewell.

“I wasn’t going to be eligible,” Sewell said Sunday night. “I decided to come back to LA Valley and transfer in December....

UNT regents approve Wren Baker as new athletic director
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Fri, Jul 29, 2016 - 1:31pm

By Brett Vito

A new era in North Texas athletics officially began on Friday, when the North Texas board of regents voted to approve Wren Baker as the school’s new athletic director.

The vote took place in a specially called teleconference.

UNT’s regents are required to approve any employment contract that exceeds $1 million for the duration of the deal.

Baker has served as Missouri’s interim atheltic director since Mack Rhoades left the school to take over as Baylor’s athletic director earlier this month. Baker was previously Missouri’s...