UNT depth chart

North Texas has several positions that are far from settled heading into the last two practices of the spring and summer.

North Texas is quickly approaching the end of spring practice. There are only two workouts remaining after this morning.

The closer the end of spring comes, the more set the depth chart becomes. Programs across the country typically send a pretty much complete depth chart out for the summer magazines, including Athlon's and Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

UNT is no different and has its depth chart shipped out.

What we have today is where things stand heading into the late stages of practice and the summer/summer magazine time.

There is a lot that can change between now and the Mean Green's season-opener against Abilene Christian on Aug. 31.

UNT has several highly regarded recruits arriving over the summer who could challenge for playing time. There are also a few players who have been injured in the late stages of spring practice who might need time to get back up to full speed. 

What an early official depth chart heading into summer gives us is a general idea of where things stand and some of the interesting position battles that will carry over into the fall.

Here are a few aspects of the depth chart that stand out: 

-- UNT's lineup at linebacker is far from settled, but Mike Linehan and William LeMasters will head into the summer atop the depth chart, barring any last-minute changes. Both have been backups throughout their time at UNT.

The Mean Green have recruited better at linebacker than just about anywhere else and are bringing in a host of talented players, including Taylor Jacobs and Gabriel and Grayson Murphy. Those newcomers will have a chance to challenge for a job in the fall.

-- Jason Bean is in position to win the backup quarterback job, but the race is tight with Kason Martin and Austin Aune. 

-- D'Andre Plantin appears to be a hit as a graduate transfer. UNT brought in the Virginia Tech offensive lineman in the hope that he could solidify one of the tackle spots after the Mean Green lost two of the three players who held down those two spots last year. Plantin has lived up to expectations and heads into the summer as a starter.

-- Dion Novil is in position to start at nose tackle, a story we covered in the paper a few days ago. Novil said he has pushed his weight to 315 pounds but is still listed at 285 on the roster. 

-- The starting spots at cornerback are still up for grabs. UNT has four players listed on its depth chart as co-starters. The battle for playing time will extend into the fall.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

UNT spring depth chart

The following is the North Texas football team's tentative depth chart heading into the final two practices of the spring

Position Name Ht./Wt. Year
Offense
Left tackle D'Andre Plantin 6-5/301 Sr.
Brian Parish 6-4/276 So.
Left guard Elex Woodworth 6-4/292 Sr.
Thomas Preston III 6-4/292 Sr.
Center Sosaia Mose 6-2/301 Sr.
Chad HIckson 6-4/281 Jr.
Right guard Manse Mose 6-1/294 So.
Chandler Anthony 6-7/299 So.
Right tackle Jacob Brammer 6-4/270 So.
Brian Parish 6-4/276 So.
Receiver (Z) Greg White 6-3/192 So.
Austin Ogunmakin 6-3/186 Rfr.
Receiver (A) Jaelon Darden 5-9/165 So.
-or- Michael Lawrence 5-10/181 Sr.
Deion Hair-Griffin 5-10./170 Jr.
Receiver (X) Rico Bussey Jr. 6-2/194 Jr.
Jyaire Shorter 6-2/213 Rfr.
Tight end Kelvin Smith 6-2/243 Sr.
Jason Pirtle 6-2/210 Jr.
Running back DeAndre Torrey 5-7/185 Jr.
Nic Smith 5-10/187 Jr.
-or- Loren Easley 5-10/197 Sr.
Quarterback Mason Fine 5-11/185 Sr.
Jason Bean 6-3/184 Rfr.
-or- Kason Martin 6-3/203 Rfr.
-or- Austin Aune 6-2/206 Rfr.
Defense
Defensive end LaDarius Hamilton 6-3/240 Sr.
Tuulau Sa'afi 6-3/288 Sr.
Nose tackle Dion Novil 6-4/285 Jr.
Bryce English 5-11/297 Sr
-or- Dayton LeBlanc 6-1/276 Rfr.
Defensive end Darrian McMillan 6-2/252 Sr.
Caleb Colvin 6-2/270 Jr.
Jack Joe Ozougwu 6-3/225 Jr.
-or- Jamie King 6-3/231 Sr.
Weak side LB Mike Linehan 6-2/241 Sr.
Larry Nixon III 6-0/228 Rfr.
Middle LB William LeMasters 6-2/212 Sr.
-or- KD Davis 5-11/206 Rfr.
-or- Tyreke Davis 5-10/196 Jr.
Nickel Jameel Moore 5-10/174 Sr.
Jaxon Gibbs 5-11/194 Rfr.
Cornerback Jordan Roberts 6-1/173 So.
-or- Keelan Crosby 6-1/181 So.
Cornerback Cam Johnson 5-11/176 Jr.
-or- Quinn Whitlock 6-0/195 So.
Free safety Taylor Robinson 5-11/191 Sr.
Alex Morris 6-1/202 So.
Strong safety Khairi Muhammad 5-11/185 Sr.
Makyle Sanders 6-0/202 Jr.
Special teams
Kicker Ethan Mooney 6-0/199 So.
Zach Williams 5-8/181 So.
Punter Alvin Kenworthy 6-3/194 Sr.
Christian Cole 6-2/175 So.
Deep snapper Nate Durham 6-2/224 Jr.
Kyleb Howell 6-0/215 Jr.
Kick return DeAndre Torrey 5-7/185 Jr.
Evan Johnson 5-6/185 Jr.
-or- Deion Hair-Griffin 5-10/170 Jr.
-or- Anthony Wyche 5-11/188 Sr.
Punt return Jaelon Darden 5-9/165 Jr.
Michael Lawrence 5-10/181 Sr.
Holder Kason Martin 6-3/203 Rfr.
Alvin Kenworthy 6-3/194

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