DALLAS – Junior quarterback Mason Fine
was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday.
Fine becomes the fifth player in league history to win that distinction in back-to-back seasons.
Fine, who was named second team all-conference Tuesday, is the first Mean Green player to win the award in back-to-back years, and last season was the first North Texas player to win the award since Jamario Thomas
in 2004 in the Sun Belt Conference. Fine is the first North Texas quarterback to be named offensive player of the year since Scott Davis in 1988 in the Southland Conference. Patrick Cobbs and Thomas won Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons in 2003 and 2004, which is the only other time North Texas has captured the award in consecutive years.
Fine has completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,743 yards, 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The Peggs, Oklahoma, native ranks eighth in the nation in passing yards, eighth in passing yards per game (311.2), 14th
in passing touchdowns, fifth in completions per game (24.58), and 10th in total offense (312.1 yards per game). Fine had the longest streak of pass attempts without an interception in the country (300). Fine has twice been named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week.
Pro Football Focus
named Fine to its first team for Conference USA, and Fine is graded as the fourth best quarterback in the country at 87.8, which classifies as elite. PFF also ranks Fine fourth in its quarterback rating metric (100.76) and is ranked second nationally in their adjusted completion percentage formula (which takes into account drops, throw aways and additional factors), with a 79.9 percent rating.
Fine is the UNT record holder in career passing yards (9,358) and has led the Mean Green to back-to-back nine-win seasons for the second time in program history (1977-78). The two-time Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year while in high school is also the UNT record holder in completions (774), is first in career passing efficiency (140.05), career pass attempts (1,229), total offense (9,503 yards), is second in career completion percentage (63.0 percent) and third in career passing touchdowns (64). He is 266 yards away from back-to-back 4,000 yard passing seasons, a feat that has never been accomplished at North Texas.
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