In anticipation of two-a-days next week, MeanGreenSports.com breaks down the 2005 North Texas football team position by position. Today, we look at which Mean Green strong arm will lead North Texas this season.
DENTON (8/04/05) - Only one thing is certain about the North Texas quarterback job heading into fall ball. The man that leads the Mean Green in 2005 will have tough shoes to fill.
Whoever wins the job in two-a-days will be taking over for one of the most accurate throwers in school history, Scott Hall. Hall graduated as the all-time Mean Green passing efficiency leader and helped the program to its first bowl berth since 1959.
With fall drills right around the corner, all six quarterback candidates are on equal ground for the starting job. Two-a-days will determine which player will lead the Mean Green into the opener at Louisiana State.
Daniel Meager was vying for the starting job in spring practices but sustained a shoulder injury that caused him to miss half of the spring. However, the redshirt freshman is back to 100 percent and is ready to compete for the starting job. In high school Meager was considered one of the top five quarterbacks in the state as a junior before injuring his leg prior to his senior season. He was able to overcome his injury and led his team to the second round of the playoffs while throwing for 1,629 yards and 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Also a mobile quarterback, Meager rushed for 397 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season.
Just check the records section in Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine to find out what Kellen Haynes did in high school. Named the Most Valuable Player of District 19-4A in 2003, Haynes made the all-time record books for single-game passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, career passing attempts and pass completions. The redshirt freshman threw for 4,130 yards and 40 touchdowns in his senior season, earning an Honorable Mention All-State selection and a spot in the 2004 Texas Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Jonathan Ieans came to North Texas as a quarterback, but was moved to receiver once he arrived because of his height and speed. A District 18-5A First Team selection at quarterback as a senior, Ieans threw for nearly 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in a predominantly running offense. A two-sport star in high school, Ieans averaged close to 10 points per game as a basketball player, including a season-high 23-point performance in an upset against Houston Washington.
The most experienced quarterback in the group, Cullen Mills is also a threat to move in to the starting job. The junior was named honorable mention all-state in both his junior and senior seasons in high school. Mills threw for 2,147 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and 1,995 yards and 20 scores as a senior. One of the best all-around athletes on the team, Mills also lettered in basketball, baseball and golf.
A dual threat quarterback, Matt Phillips led the Lake View Chiefs to a share of the District 4-4A championship last season. Phillips was named the District 4-4A Offensive Most Valuable Player after throwing for 1,950 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior year. He also scrambled for 485 yards and 14 touchdowns. Phillips was named the All-West Texas Super Team MVP by the San Angelo Standard-Times, and went 11 of 15 for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the FCA Myrle Greathouse All-Star Classic. Also a two-sport star, he was a two-time all-district catcher for the Lake View baseball team.
Steve Warren was the Offensive MVP of District 4-5A last season. Warren threw for 489 yards and rushed for 951 more as a senior. Finding the end zone was a regular occurrence for Warren last season as he ran for 10 scores and threw for four more. Warren was also a pitcher his high school baseball team and was clocked at 10.7 in the 100-meter dash for the track team.
Tomorrow, MeanGreenSports.com will take a look at North Texas' revamped defensive line.