Dallas Colleges: Esteban Santiago

Four UNT players named to All-Sun Belt team

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
10:43
AM CT
In what can only be termed a tumultuous season for the Mean Green, four UNT players earned first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors Tuesday.

Senior linebacker Craig Robertson, junior running back Lance Dunbar and senior offensive linemen Victor Gill and Esteban Santiago were all voted to the first team by Sun Belt head coaches and media.

Only Sun Belt Conference regular-season champion Florida International had more players named to the first team with six. This is also the most players North Texas has placed on the Sun Belt first team since 2004 when it had seven.

Bowl is goal for Mean Green

September, 1, 2010
9/01/10
11:04
PM CT


North Texas needs to win at least seven games to save coach Todd Dodge's job.

"All of us that grind here day in and day out, we realize that," Dodge said. "But that’s not our motivating factor, to save each other's jobs. It's just to get us all where we think that we can be. If we do hit on the goals that we've set for ourselves, it would be about the most excited group of players and coaches that anybody's ever hosted at a bowl game."

A glance at the Mean Green:

2009 record: 2-10 (eighth in Sun Belt)

Starters returning: 19

Offensive starters returning: 9

Defensive starters returning: 10

Key offensive returners: RB Lance Dunbar rushed for 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns despite starting just the last eight games of the season. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry, which ranked second in the nation among backs with at least 200 carries. His 19 total touchdowns ranked seventh in the nation. … RT Esteban Santiago is one of four offensive linemen who have at least two seasons of starting experience. The 6-3, 285-pound Santiago, a second-team All-Sun Belt selection, has 35 career starts. … UNT's top six receivers return, led by Jamaal Jackson (71 catches, 701 yards, six TDs).

Will be missed: Riley Dodge is still on the team, but arm problems prevented him from continuing his career as the Mean Green’s starting quarterback. He'll play receiver and take about 10 to 12 snaps per game as a Wildcat quarterback.

Key defensive returners: LB Craig Robertson led the team with 107 tackles last season. He has eight career interceptions. … Safety DaWaylon Cook ranked second on the team with 85 tackles. He had two fumble recoveries. … CB Royce Hill had three of UNT's seven interceptions last season. … DE Brandon Akpunku bulked up 15 pounds to 240 after leading the Mean Green with 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks last season.

Will be missed: MLB Tobe Nwigwe’s injury midway through the season was a devastating blow to the defense. He ranked third on the team with 57 tackles as a senior despite playing only six games.

On the rise: Transfers Christopher Bynes (Coffeyville CC) and Tyler Stradford (Oklahoma) step in as starting receivers despite the depth at that position. … Redshirt senior Nathan Tune takes over as the starting quarterback. He completed 69 of 107 passes for 646 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions last season.

Toughest schedule stretch: Sept. 4 at Clemson; Sept. 11 vs. Rice; Sept. 18 at Army.

By the numbers

5: Blown leads in the fourth quarter in 2009

7: Consecutive years in which the Mean Green opened the season with a different starting quarterback

58: Years of playing in Fouts Field, which will be replaced by a new $78 million stadium next season

SPONSORED HEADLINES

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: OSU scandal

Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Longhorns talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Barkley on Manziel

Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Andy Dalton

Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.

Galloway and Company: Manziel talk

Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dez Bryant sounds off

Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dan Beebe

Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.