UNT practice notes

North Texas tight end Edward Batista runs through blocking drills on Thursday at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.

North Texas went through a light workout on Thursday morning at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.

There isn't a whole lot one can glean from an hour-long practice in shorts, so instead, let's talk about some of the players who have stood out from a physical standpoint in the early stages of fall workouts.

UNT has really improved in terms of size and conditioning due to the contributions of its strength and nutrition staffs and the efforts of its players.

The strides the Mean Green have made in recruiting have also helped. UNT has more players coming in who are already where they need to be from a size standpoint instead of bringing in guys with potential in the hope that they will grow and develop.

One player who jumps out is wide receiver Jyaire Shorter. The Killeen Ellison product appears to be one of the fastest players on UNT's roster.

A lot of times receivers with top-end speed aren't the biggest guys out there and look like track athletes. Shorter is every bit of 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds. He will be a handful for defensive backs and has already made several catches on deep balls this fall.

Defensive end Jimmy Walker might need some time develop but his athleticism is impressive. He could be a threat as a pass rusher down the line if he can put it all together. 

DeShawn Gaddie is exactly what programs are looking for these days at cornerback from a physical standpoint. He's working with the second team and is behind a bunch of experienced players. Defensive coordinator Troy Reffett said earlier this week that Gaddie is swimming a bit in terms of making the transition to the college game.

Gaddie has all it takes to be an impact player once he figures it out.

And speaking of UNT's offseason program, there might not be a player who has benefited more than offensive lineman Jordan Redfearn. The former Aubrey offensive lineman is listed at 305 pounds. He's down well over 20 pounds.

Redfearn has torn his ACL three times and is trying to overcome his injury history to contribute at UNT. He has a long way to go but has put himself in position to compete.

Redfearn is a redshirt freshman. He has time. Getting into better shape gives him a chance to capitalize.

And in other news and notes ...

-- Defensive lineman Bryce English is going through drills and is moving well. English has really struggled with his feet. He'll be a senior this fall and is down to his last chance. There are a lot of people pulling for him.

-- The parade of NFL scouts coming through UNT's camp continued today when the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers were in.

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

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