In anticipation of two-a-days next week, MeanGreenSports.com breaks down the 2005 North Texas football team position by position. Today, the stars in the Mean Green air assault - Receivers and Tight Ends.
The North Texas receiving corps is led by one of the most potent weapons in the Sun Belt Conference, Johnny Quinn. The all-conference receiver has a sprinter's speed and is the squad's most polished route runner.
After just two seasons Quinn is already making his assault on the North Texas record books. He has recorded a catch in every game of his 25 game career. Last season he had the most catches and receiving yards by a Mean Green receiver since Troy Redwine in 1995. His career mark of 17.8 yards per catch ranks him fourth all-time at North Texas, and he is on pace to break the school's all-time receiving yards record by over 200 yards.
Zach Muzzy will prove a viable second option for Mean Green quarterbacks in 2005, averaging 15.6 yards per catch over his career. Muzzy flourished as the 2004 season progressed, culminating in a career-high 69 yard performance against Arkansas State.
The return of Joel Nwigwe should also provide a spark in the passing game. Nwigwe showed no signs of rust from his year away from the team in the spring game, catching two passes for 32 yards.
After a promising season and spring Brandon Jackson will also add to the team's depth at receiver.
The emergence of Andy Blount as a versatile offensive weapon over the last two seasons has changed the Mean Green's outlook on the tight end position. While his predecessors were bruising blockers, Blount excelled as a receiver, catching 55 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career. Replacing the all-conference tight end are two of his understudies that have proved themselves capable of both blocking and catching.
Beau Davidson transferred to North Texas from Syracuse in 2003 and despite a shoulder injury was impressive last year. The junior caught four passes for 29 yards, including a key first down catch against New Mexico State. Beau's father, Greg, was a four-year letter winner at center for the Mean Green from 1976-79. Due to injury, Davidson was unable to participate in spring drills, but will return for fall practice.
In his absence, Robert Harmon stepped into the starting role for the spring. The sophomore is an all-purpose tight end with the size to make an impact for the Mean Green. Jimmy Chaney, a transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and freshmen Charlie Brown and Eddrick Gilmore will also make their cases to be on the two-deep roster this fall.
Check back tomorrow when MeanGreenSports.com takes a look at why North Texas is the new "Running Back U".