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.