Opening Day Tweets & Treats
In our efforts to bring you the best coverage of North Texas football, we will be giving you Tweets & Treats from around the Mean Green during fall camp. Let us know if you want us to touch on anything specific, and enjoy this insider's take on the happenings around Apogee.
• Dan McCarney at today's media day – “We're trying to get top level players to North Texas. We're not trying to be anyone's last resort. We want to be a destination.”
• Also from coach Mac & media day – “Do I think Marcus Trice can be a leader in the secondary? He already is, and then some.”
• ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon from Cowboys training camp via Twitter – “When Lance Dunbar has a crease, the Mean Green mighty mite can make something happen. Acceleration made crowd go, "Ooooooh!!!!"
• Offensive coordinator Mike Canales via Twitter today – “Feel like the little kid in the back seat on a long trip, "Are We There Yet?" practice start at 7:30 tonight, let's get this party started.”
• Coach Mac opened practice by praising his troops enthusiasm, but urged them to play smart while playing hard. “Being coachable isn’t just about saying, ‘yes sir and no sir’. It’s about not making the same mistake twice.”
• The guest appearance of tonight’s practice was new women’s basketball coach Mike Petersen, who claims to be a “coaching junkie”. He loves to see great coaches at work.
• Will Atterberry was booming his punts tonight. The All-Sun Belt punter was averaging hang times in the mid 4.6 range.
• It takes veteran leadership to excel at this level, and we saw our first example of it tonight. Rookie DT Sir Calvin Wallace was having trouble in an early drill, and senior Tevin Cantly pulled him aside to explain things one-on-one.
• Remember, in the picture album below you will see players with black stripes on their helmets. Those are for the rookies, who have to earn a clean helmet from coach Mac.
• We have a lot of new names on the roster, including a couple of interesting walk-ons. One of them being quarterback Jordan Gill out of Whitesboro. Gill led the Bearcats to the playoffs last season, which is a pretty notable accomplishment in itself. But in Whitesboro’s case, its cause for a 100-year celebration. Gill took the playoff-starved town and high school to the playoffs for the first time since 1911, ending the 100-year drought. Gill ran for 124 yards and scored four TD’s in the playoff clinching win in the final week of the regular season.
• For those of you hoping to see Darius Terrell and Reggie Pegram in Mean Green uniforms this year, keep your fingers crossed for one of them. Terrell will sit out after transferring from Texas. Pegram still has a chance at playing this year, as his appeal remains up in the air and hopefully will be decided by the end of August. Terrell, by the way, checked in at 220 pounds and 6-3, and just from the look of his build he’s built like another guy named Terrell who had a long career in the NFL. Pegram, a Purdue transfer, is the cousin of former Mean Green running back Erric Pegram, who still ranks 15th all-time in rushing at North Texas with 1,613 yards.
• Since it’s an election year, how about four more years….of the Squiers. Weston is off to begin a career with the Air Force, but his younger brother Brock has followed in his footsteps and is a 2012 walk-on. The younger Squier is definitely the bigger of the brothers. Brock checks in at 5-9, but nearly 200 pounds. The former Sanger Indian is down as a defensive back, but keep an eye out for him on special teams like his older sibling Weston.
• Will Atterberry and Zach Olen both have backups heading into the 2012 season. Blake Macek from Sulphur Springs, a first-team all-district selection last year, who averaged 40 yards a punt, will backup Atterberry. Meanwhile Olen’s back-up heading into the fall camp is Zach Paul from Frisco Wakeland. Paul made 140 of 146 PATs last season and owns virtually every kicking record at Wakeland.