Football

Mean Green Set For Spring Game Saturday

March 23, 2018

DENTON - The spring game typically puts a close to all the work throughout the course of 15 practices, however, North Texas still has three practices remaining once festivities wrap up Saturday. The Mean Green are anxious to show off their progress at Apogee Stadium.

North Texas athletics has an exciting day in store for its fans Saturday, including the faculty and staff fun run and appreciation picnic at 9 a.m., followed by the Mean Green garage sale in Apogee Stadium's west side concourse (VIP/season ticket holder access at 9:30) at 10:30 a.m., a pre-game tailgate presented by the game's title sponsor (Verus Advisors) at the south end of Apogee Stadium and the Mean Green Spring Game at noon.

Fans will get a close look at one of the nation's most exciting offenses, led by junior quarterback Mason Fine. Four of the team's five leading receivers from 2017 return, providing Fine with a plethora of weapons including Jalen Guyton, Michael Lawrence, Rico Bussey, Jr. and Jaelon Darden. North Texas also has a deep group of running backs, led by Nic Smith and Evan Johnson, while newcomers DeAndre Torrey and Loren Easly look to impress after strong performances throughout the spring. The running back group has big shoes to fill after Jeffery Wilson's graduation, but a lot of talent remains in the North Texas backfield.

Defensively the Mean Green have put in a great deal of work to improve on their performance in 2017. Redshirt freshman Tre Siggers made the transition from running back to safety, and is part of a group that includes returning starter Khairi Muhammad, redshirt junior Taylor Robinson and sophomore Makyle Sanders. Members of one of the most important positions in the secondary for Troy Reffett's aggressive defense will have another opportunity to solidify their spots.

The defensive line has a new look following the departure of Andy Flusche and Tillman Johnson, and a handful of new faces include a pair of junior college transfers on the outside in Darrian McMillan and Tuulau Saafi, as well as interior lineman Dayton LeBlanc. They, along with key returners LaDarius Hamilton, Roderick Young and Ulaiasi Tauaalo will be looking to test the North Texas offensive line Saturday.

Chuck Langston's group has continued to grow and improve this spring, but still has work to do ahead of the fall. The unit returns center Sosaia Mose, Elex Woodworth and Jordan Murray. Fans will also get their first look at junior college transfer Thomas Preston III, who has made a strong early impression. Several freshmen who redshirted last season have seen positive transitions in the weight room, including Jacob Brammer and Manase Mose.

The spring game, which has split teams by offense (white) and defense (black), has a unique scoring system in place, which is described below:

OFFENSEDEFENSE
Result Points Result Points
Touchdown 6 Touchdown 7
Field Goal 3 Takeaway 3
Two-Point Conversion 2 Three-And-Out 2
Fourth Down Conversion 2 Fourth Down Stop 2
Three Consecutive First Downs 2 Safety 2
Explosive Pass (16-Plus Yards) 1 Stop (Force Punt) 1
Explosive Run (12-Plus Yards) 1 Sack 1
Point After Touchdown 1 Tackle For Loss 1

The day begins with special teams drills at noon, followed by the team presenting some of last year's seniors with their jerseys, and then the scrimmage.

Also taking place on campus Saturday is a softball doubleheader against Louisiana Tech beginning at 1 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium and a soccer scrimmage against Baylor at 2 p.m. at Mean Green Soccer Stadium. Immediately following the spring game, Verus Advisors is also hosting a post-game event on the promenade of the south end of Apogee Stadium.

The White, Green and Black parking lots will be for suite and club seat holders, and parking passes will be emailed. The Blue lot and Fouts lots will be open to the public.

There is a dance/drill team event at the Super Pit that same weekend, so parking in the Fouts lot may be limited.

Season tickets for 2018 are on sale now, starting at $65. Fans can purchase tickets through the Mean Green athletics ticket office. For more information, visit MeanGreenSports.com or call the ticket office at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.

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