By Zach Fox
With five days until the Mean Green 2020 football season kicks off at Apogee Stadium, Head Coach Seth Littrell sat down to give his thoughts on practice and his outlook on the new season. “Energy has been great...I feel extremely blessed to go out there with my guys and coach football again.” Littrell expresses after questioned about his squad being mentally and physically prepared for Houston Baptist University (HBU).
The Mean Green went 4-8 last season as the reign of starting quarterback Mason Fine came to an end. Injuries also played as a 12th man and affected the depth of the lineup throughout the season. Coach Littrell spoke on the new players introduced as well as his new potential starting quarterback. “The depth of our running back room has been a huge plus for us. Guys with a lot of experience, guys we feel good about rotating in and out.” UNT now has twelve running backs on the 2020 roster including 3 freshmen in Isiah Johnson, Ikaika Ragsdale and Oscar Adaway III.
As for quarterbacks, the Mean Green possess three huge potential Sophomore gunslingers to cameo this year in Austin Aune, Jason Bean and Kason Martin. When asked on who would rise as starting QB, Coach Lattrell stated “We can win with both of those guys (Austin Aune and Jason Bean). They’re both going to play...if one gets hot, one may play little more.” “I’ve always been told growing up, don’t ever show a man your cards.” Coach Littrell not giving away all of his secrets before game one to make sure HBU doesn’t gain any leverage in preparing for one player's specific style.
Stadium capacity is a new introduction to the college football scene and Apogee Stadium will allow 1/4th capacity this year. When asked about the effect that brings on the game, Littrell replied “For me, I’m just extremely excited to get out there and compete. Yes, I would love to have a full stadium, a sold out crowd and feeding off that energy...ultimately we go out there to compete and do what we love.” Junior linebacker KD Davis also gave his thoughts on the importance of a crowd “I just know when I get out on the field, I’ve got to be locked in....and hit anybody that comes in front of me. I’m not focused on the crowd.”
“Very high intensity, we’re playing, this is 100 percent.” Davis talks about mental preparation with new players and new goals on their minds. “Offense, Defense and Special Teams are all locked in and ready to go this Saturday.” The Mean Green host the Houston Baptist Huskies Saturday September 1st and kick off at 6:30 PM.