DENTON (8/22/05) - The Mean Green running backs were on their game in Monday's two-a-day football practices at the North Texas Athletic Complex.
Led by back-to-back national rushing champions Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas, the Mean Green offense took charge and moved the ball effectively against the defense.
Thomas used his deceptive speed to his advantage, breaking a couple of long runs. Cobbs, who took the first handoff in Saturday's scrimmage for a 50-yard scamper, was just as sharp in today's practices.
True freshman running back Evan Robertson seems to be a natural fit in the Mean Green running scheme. With only a handful of practices under his belt, Robertson has proven to be an illusive back with excellent speed. The 5-foot 9-inch 160-pound freshman left more than one linebacker hanging in the air during the morning session.
On the defensive side of the ball, Maurice Holman has been impressive in place of the injured Brandon Monroe. The linebacker intercepted a pass and deflected several others along with registering some key tackles.
Holman is one of the crucial replacements to the depleted defense. If the season started today, the Mean Green would field only two returning starters from last season's defense.
During Saturday's scrimmage, the defense started slow but eventually gelled into a potent squad. The defense forced a couple of turnovers and made a late goal line stand.