If you think you've waited a long time for the 2018 football season, put yourself in James Lockhart. The defensive end transferred to Baylor from Texas A&M and sat out then entire 2017 season, waiting nineteen months to get back on the field. I'm really just excited to get back out there and really make a name for myself."
North Texas held a media day today to wrap up fall camp. Seth Littrell was pleased with the team's progress in all three phases. He's also happy that his team is relatively healthy other than a few bumps and bruises.
For Littrell the opener against SMU and Sonny Dykes is like taking on family. They have a close relationship that transcends the field. "After the game, I love him like I've always loved him...If my mom's at SMU, I'm gonna try and wear her out."
Jimbo Fisher like his teams development in terms of toughness and physicality. The defense played well but he also credited his offense that they didn't turn the ball over during the Aggies most recent scrimmage. Fisher praised freshman defensive lineman Tyree Johnson, mentioning his versatility to play either in a stand up position or with his hand on the ground. The Aggies are still in the process of deciding on a quarter, both guys are elevating their game.
Kliff Kingsbury wants to run the football more efficiently, to do so he's looking at Tre King and two young players to make it happen thanks to Da'Leon Ward's arrest this week. Freshman Ta'zhawn Henry and Sarodorick Thompson will be asked to carry a bigger load if Ward's absence is prolonged.
Kingsbury knows in his mind who'll start the opener against Ole Miss in Houston but he's not letting on. He also doesn't think the team know either. "You pretty much have to hit them in the face with that stuff, they're all worried about getting through practice."
Head coach Frank Wilson likes this squads depth, noting that several positions involve interchangeable player who can alternate and the Roadrunners "won't miss a beat." He mentioned defensive tackle and linebacker.
He expects big things from Greg Campbell at receiver and hinted that the 'Runners may start a freshman at a receiver spot in Tykee Ogle-Kellog.