Modern technology, it can be a blessing.....and at times a curse. After finally exhausting just about every way to fix our internet problems, MeanGreenSports is finally ready to blog. The ghosts of Fouts Field are always looking for ways to cause trouble, along with the countless bees watching the scrimmage with us here in the press box.
The scrimmage started around 3:50 with sophomore Giovanni Vizza at the helm as quarterback. The new look North Texas defense is already flexing its muscle forcing the offense in to two third down situations.
Transfer DB Adyran Adams had a very nice pass breakup of a post pattern to Sam Dibrell, except for one problem. The officials disagreed and tossed a flag.
All-American Casey Fitzgerald, known for soft hands, just went over the middle to make a 22-yard reception as the No. 1 offense is on the move. However the drive was quickly snuffed out when Eddrick Gilmore forced Vizza out of the pocket and into an incompletion.
Nathan Tune has taken the control of the offense on this series with the two’s on offense and defense. A nice drive has setup a 42-yard field goal for newcomer Jeremy Knott. The kick is up and it’s.......no good. However this is a controlled scrimmage, so Knott gets a mulligan. Take two is perfect. Knott certainly has a leg on him, the distance with the wind would have made that field goal good from 50-yards.
Daniel Meager, the all-time leader in passing yards in a single game at North Texas (remember that Ponies), is getting his chance under center this series. The drive stalled at midfield after Meager was flushed out of the pocked and went deep looking for freshman Sam Roberson but just overthrew him.
More special teams activity as its Truman Spencer’s turn to be heard from. His first punt of the afternoon, well in the words of Rob Schneider from Necessary Roughness, “not much hangtime on that one”. In other words, it was blocked. His second punt was much better at 45 yards. And the pooch punt, too much leg as it went into the endzone.
The first-team offense is back out and Vizza has them on the march. He has led them to the 35 yard line, but Adams just ended the drive with an interception at the 19-yard line. The defense so far is pitching a shutout, sans the Knott field goal.
Another chance for the first-team offense and they are taking advantage of it. Vizza drilled a 25-yard completion to Dibrell on a slant. One play later, Cam Montgomery takes it to the house. A 31-yard gallop by Montgomery gets the North Texas offense into the endzone for the first time today.
The third-team offense now getting its chance, Matt Phillips (if the Cowboys need a holder) just connected on a 36-yard completion to Greg Brown who had to pirouette to the left to make the grab. Three plays later, its Phillips hitting Chase Baine in the endzone for the second score of the day.
Breece Johnson gets behind the defensive secondary for a 40-yard gain. Daniel Meager is leading the second-team offense, with Keronna Henderson in the backfield and Johnson, Sam Roberson, Alex Lott, Brock Stickler as Meager's options at the receiver position.
Jeremy Knott just connected on one-of-two attempts from 32-yards out into the wind.
Junior Jamel Jackson showing why many believe he's the fastest person listed on the Mean Green's spring roster. Jackson, a transfer from Northwestern State, fielded a kickoff at the 10-yard line, found a seam and was gone....but someone didn't tell kicker Jeremy Knott. Knott cornered Jackson and forced him out at the 19-yard line.
Best pitch and catch of the afternoon, Vizza to Fitzgerald from 30-yards out. Vizza put it right over the shoulder for Fitzgerald to bring down in a great display of concentration by the All-American.
Sophomore kicker Trent Deans nails two straight field goal attempts from 33-yards out.
Giovanni Vizza just found Brock Stickler for a four-yard touchdown strike against the first-team defense. The touchdown was set up by a 27-yard pass and catch from Vizza to Fitzgerald. It feels like we've been saying that a lot today. Jeremy Knott nails both point-after attempts for the unorthodox two-point conversion.
As we sit here in the press box and watch the third-team offense work the ball down the field, I can't help but wonder who the best quarterback on the field is right now. You have Vizza, Meager, Tune, Phillips and Mitch Maher all on the field. You could even throw Coach Dodge into the mix of that debate...As I wonder about that, the Phillips-Baine combo has hooked up again for another touchdown. 5:17 p.m.
The "Western Kentucky" sized crowd just let out a "OH ROBERSON!" I think that's because the 6-4 freshman from Somerville (Sam Robertson), blocked out a Mean Green defensive back to tally his first TD of the day.
Tune back out at quarterback, but the drive was easy. He handed off to Montgomery and 25 yards later he was history. Montgomery started out going left, then right, then left, then...I couldn't keep up, and neither could the defense. Another score for Cam.
It doesn't hurt to be 6-3. Tune scretches out and gets into the endzone from four yards out, faking out Azle's own (and its finest according to Star-Telegram expert Troy Phillips) Robbie Deheck.
And just like that the final gun has sounded. A rather brisk scrimmage (time and weather wise) which started out slow for the offense but it picked up very soon afterwards. If I had to guess Coach Dodge will like what he saw from both sides of the ball for the opening act of the spring season.
Well that's a wrap for the first installment of the MeanGreenSports.com spring scrimmage blog. Be sure to catch all of the write-up's in the local editions of tomorrow's paper's and let us even give a shout out to the Mean Green blog on the DRC (a side-note, all local bloggers are welcome to cover North Texas, even you Tim.)