McNulty Talks About QB Competition, Fall Camp Notes
NT Returns The Practice Field After First Scimmage
Aug. 11, 2014
By Tyler Owens
DENTON - After learning under Heart of Dallas Bowl MVP quarterback Derek Thompson for the better part of three seasons, junior quarterback Andrew McNulty is poised for his chance to take the reigns of the offense in 2014.
It won't be easy though. There is a four-player competition at quarterback as the team heads into the second week of fall camp.
"Any day you come out here you know you've got to push yourself and bring your A-game every day because you're fighting for that job," McNulty said after Monday's morning practice. "And there's no comfort zone, taking a day off or anything. You've got to bring it every day and the best man will win the job."
The Iowa product threw for 352 yards and one touchdown his freshman season in 2011 before taking the next year off nursing an injury. Last year, with Thompson firmly at the helm of the offense, McNulty saw action in eight games and threw for 36 yards.
"For me, personally, it was great to come in and have Thompson there when I got there," McNulty said. "It was also good to be behind him and learn from his playing time what he was able to do on the field. He also helped me a lot on learning the offense and what we are trying to do with the ball."
• After morning practice, head coach Dan McCarney harped on the team about doing the little things properly, like being on time and holding each other accountable, saying that things like that could make or break a football squad.
• Offensive coordinator Mike Canales said a lot of the guys returning, and even the players that joined in the spring, have done a good job in retaining the things they've learned at North Texas. He admitted that the team has a long way to go before it's ready for the season opener against Texas August 30. He said the players have gravitated to McCarney's mentality and the situations they simulate in practice.