North Texas coach Seth Littrell has touted the Mean Green's improved depth throughout the spring and into fall practice.
UNT has more and better players across the board. The payoff has been evident throughout fall drills and has been particularly noticeable over the last few days on the Mean Green's offensive line.
UNT has several key players back, including Sosaia and Manase Mose and Elex Woodworth. Virginia Tech transfer D'Andre Plantin came out of spring practice as a starter at tackle, despite suffering a toe injury that kept him out of the last couple of spring workouts.
Jacob Brammer started for part of the 2018 season at right tackle.
And that doesn't even take into consideration Thomas Preston III, a capable veteran, and Brian Parish, a sophomore Littrell has been high on for some time.
That depth is coming into play this fall.
Plantin's toe issue isn't exactly a state secret at this point. The Mean Green have also dealt with a few minor dings to offensive linemen in fall practice.
For the most part, the Mean Green have looked solid when some of their top linemen have needed a day off.
Running back Loren Easly mentioned after practice earlier this week that he feels very comfortable with Parish in the lineup while Plantin gets back up to speed. Parish has enjoyed a good camp so far.
College football is often a war of attrition that lasts months. The Mean Green appear well prepared for that war along their offensive front.
And in other news and notes from today ...
-- Mason Fine threw back-to-back deep touchdown passes in drills with wide receivers, linebackers and defensive backs on the field. He hit Rico Bussey Jr. on the first and came back to hook up with Michael Lawrence on the second.
-- UNT was working through situational drills at the end of practice. The Mean Green's offense was trying to bleed the clock when a spirited fight broke out. It appeared to be between Chandler Anthony and LaDarius Hamilton.
That didn't go over well with Littrell. He gathered his players up and talked to them about being smart.
We are into the part of camp where tempers get short.
-- The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints had scouts in today.
-- Easly had a good day and broke a couple of long runs. He's looking better and better as he recovers from a torn ACL.
-- Bussey gave Quinn Whitlock a subtle push to get the separation he needed to haul in a touchdown pass in the red zone. It was a nifty move, one that no official is going to call.
-- Jameel Moore continues to hold down the starting job at the nickel spot.
--Hayden Harrison made a nice stop in kickoff return drills.
-- Jason Bean continues to be up second in UNT's rotation at quarterback. He has played well, but freshman cornerback DeShawn Gaddie did pick him off once today.
-- Alex Morris worked with UNT's first-team defense at times today.
-- Jaelon Darden used a terrific spin move to break free of a defender on the sideline after catching a ball in team drills.
-- Running back Tre Siggers continues to run the ball hard and is showing potential as a short-yardage back.
-- Deion Hair-Griffin made an impressive catch on the sideline.
-- Austin Ogunmakin made a nice grab in one-on-one drills in the red zone.