Week 2 Notebook: Defense Making Plays In Secondary

March 2, 2018

DENTON — The Mean Green football team was at Apogee Stadium for Week 2 of spring football practice, thanks to rainy and wet conditions, and the team had strong showings at practice on Wednesday and Friday to round out the second week of the spring.

Wednesday's practice was dampened from a persistent downpour, but the spirit of competition was alive and well as tensions ran high during a day that saw the Mean Green defense get the best of the experience-rich offense in team drills.

  • On the first play of team drills, redshirt senior linebacker E.J. Ejiya intercepted a pass over the middle and ran it back for a touchdown.
  • Senior cornerback Nate Brooks dove for an interception off a tipped ball.
  • Redshirt freshman safety Tre Siggers stepped in front of a pass for one of three interceptions by the defense in the first round of team drills.
  • Junior safety Khairi Muhammad punched the ball out of a receiver's hands after he'd made a catch.
Offensively on Wednesday, several players stood out.
  • 6-foot-5 redshirt senior receiver O'Keeron Rutherford had several acrobatic catches, including a catch in one-on-one drills when he caught the ball in traffic in a tight space and wrestled the ball away from a defensive back in the end zone.
  • Redshirt junior tight end Kelvin Smith caught two touchdown passes in team drills, including an athletic, sliding catch in the back of the end zone from redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Pearson.
Friday's practice was a lighter day with less time spent on team drills, but there were several highlights in those segments on both sides of the ball.
  • Redshirt junior wide receiver Jalen Guyton had several big catches on the day, including a nice touchdown in the front corner of the end zone when he was able to tap his toe down in bounds.
  • Mason Fine connected with redshirt sophomore Keegan Brewer on a long touchdown pass with wide receivers and defensive backs on the field.
  • Sophomore junior college transfer DeAndre Torrey had his best day of the week carrying the ball, as the 5-foot-7, 185-pound back broke a big run in team drills that would've gone for a 55-yard touchdown.
  • Sophomore safety Tyreke Davis, a local product from Denton Ryan, made two big plays in team drills - he wrestled the ball away from a receiver for an interception and also had a big pass breakup in the end zone on an athletic play.



UNT will return to Apogee on Saturday morning when the Mean Green host junior day.

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