The North Texas Mean Green football season ended last weekend with a 25-24 loss to Western Kentucky. Not only did that loss end the Mean Green season, it also ended their time in the Sun Belt Conference. The athletic program will move into Conference USA action next year.
The 2012 team went 4-8. The losses of WR Brelan Chancellor and RB Antoinne Jimmerson to injury were damaging as they robbed the team of their most dangerous big-play threats. Chancellor is a dynamic, elite speed performer who suffered a broken collarbone. Jimmerson was part of a solid three-back rotation that followed the departure of all-time school rushing leader Lance Dunbar to the NFL.
North Texas was on national TV on three occasions this past year. They opened their season on ESPNU against LSU and their dynamic pass-rushing duo of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. Two weeks later, they played Kansas State on Fox Sports as UNT QB Derek Thompson matched up well with Kansas State QB and Heisman candidate Colin Klein. The high point of the season came on October 16th with a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN2. It was the first time that a national audience had the opportunity to see Apogee Stadium on the second channel of the worldwide leader.
I really like Antoinne Jimmerson to be a workhorse for the squad as they move into Conference USA action. He has the chance to be as good as some of the premier backs in school history like Lance Dunbar, Jamario Thomas, and Patrick Cobbs. A redshirt freshman in 2012, Jimmerson has three years of eligibility for the squad.
I never really had a high school or local college team that I could root for. At the high school games that I did go to, I usually sat by myself and I looked pretty out of place. Since I played as the Mean Green for my EA sports franchise, I have had an affinity for the school and team from Denton, TX. Change is a constant. Fouts Field is no more, replaced by the stunning Apogee Stadium. Here’s to hoping that the Mean Green will be succesful in their new conference.