DENTON, Texas - The first full week of North Texas spring practice is underway today as the Mean Green hit the fields Monday afternoon in full pads for the second time this spring. North Texas had gone through the first two practices in shorts before putting on full pads for the first time this spring on Saturday.
"We are really excited so far about the work that we have put in this spring, but we have got a lot of work left to do to get better," said head coach Dan McCarney. "This spring is going to be about finding the best players on both sides of the ball who can help us go out and win games next year."
On the first full day of pads safety Zed Evans, a Louisville transfer, had an interception in which he used his speed to come up with the pick. Wide receiver Darius Terrell, a Texas transfer, had a touchdown catch in which he was able to shake off cornerback Zac Whitfield for the score.
The Mean Green offensive line also got a lot of work in as North Texas used a lot of the day to work on the running game.
"This spring is about the starters re-establishing their role and getting ready for the fall,” offensive lineman Antonio Johnson said. "This is really the first step towards next year and we all know we are going to turn this thing around this year."
Despite the blustery conditions over the last two practices, the line that Johnson is part of opened up lots of running room for Brandin Byrd, Reggie Pegram, and Antoinne Jimmerson.
The highlight of the day on Monday came during the 2-minute drill. Facing a 4th and 6, quarterback Andrew McNulty hooked up with Carl "Skip" Caldwell for a 35-yard touchdown strike.
The Mean Green practices again on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning in preparation for the first scrimmage of the spring which takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Apogee Stadium.