DENTON, Texas The North Texas football team completed a nearly four-hour scrimmage Saturday the first scrimmage of the 2004 season. Head Coach Darrell Dickey wanted to answer some questions about replacing key players from last year’s team and had plenty of time to evaluate the talent in the 207-play scrimmage.
“I was very pleased with the overall intensity and effort of the team through a very long scrimmage,” Dickey said. “We were able to see a lot of guys in game-type situations that will help us develop a sense of who will be ready to contribute and in what capacity they can contribute.”
The defense looked strong early, keeping the offense out of the end zone on the first four series. The first break by the offense came in dramatic fashion when backup quarterback Joey Byerly hit T.J. Culberson on a long touchdown pass to give the offense its first score. Starting quarterback Scott Hall also had good moments, hooking up with both Zach Muzzy and Andy Blount on long receptions. Starting running back Patrick Cobbs was limited in live action, partaking in the first few series before handing over the reigns to his backups. Kevin Moore and Jamario Thomas both had impressive touchdown runs of more than 30-yards.
Other than a few big plays, the first team defense was impressive, limiting the offense to very few first downs. Starting defensive tackle Evan Cardwell had a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown, while starting safety Markeith Knowlton had an interception return for a touchdown.
The team will continue with fall practice Sunday and resume two-a-days on Monday. The final scrimmage of the fall will be Saturday, Aug. 28th at Fouts Field, one week before the season-opener against Texas in Austin on Sept. 4.