After taking North Texas to a bowl game in his first season as head coach, Seth Littrell looks to a more seasoned team to make waves in the conference. North Texas improved by 4 wins in 2016, culminating the season with a 38-31 overtime loss to Army in a thrilling Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Littrell’s spread offense will rely heavily on sophomore quarterback Mason Fine, who completed 155 of 261 passes for 1572 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman. Fine will have to find new targets to complement the only returning receiver, Turner Smiley.
Running back Jeffrey Wilson has NFL potential if he can stay healthy, Wilson rushed for 936 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, even after missing 2 games with injury.
The offensive line will have to improve for North Texas to have success. The group allowed 43 sacks last season.
Defensively, the Mean Green should be better adjusted after switching to Littrell’s 4-3 scheme for the first time last season. The defense will have to be more consistent on 3rd down, allowing opponents to convert on 48% of attempts in 2016.
Safety Kishawn McClain led the team in tackles and provides the leadership for the defensive squad.
Senior kicker Trevor Moore looks to continue streak of 99 consecutive made extra points, already a school record.