Denton, Texas hosts this season’s sleeper football team: the University of North Texas Mean Green.
Yes, you read that right; North Texas is the team you want to watch, and you didn’t know it.
This weekend, they face Florida Atlantic, led by Head Coach Lane Kiffin, for the Conference USA Championship in Boca Raton, Florida.
In his second year, Head Coach Seth Littrell improved on the initial successes of last season. Last season, he managed a turnaround that resulted in a 5-8 season and an appearance in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. This season’s highlights include an undefeated record at home and an overall 9-3 record to win the Conference USA’s West Division. Littrell knows how to win; as a player, he served as a team captain for the Oklahoma Sooners’ 2000 National Championship team. His winning mindset translates well to coaching, leading to the success he’s engineered in Denton.
Notable players on the team include Wide Receiver Jalen Guyton, a redshirt Sophomore transfer from Trinity Valley CC and a graduate of Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Guyton leads the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, with 758 and 9 respectively. Those numbers also put him in sixth place in C-USA for receiving yards and second place for receiving touchdowns. His performance against Southern Mississippi earlier this season also merited him Offensive Player of the Week honors from C-USA.
Elkhart, Texas native Jeffery Wilson, Senior Running Back, provides another capable weapon in the Mean Green arsenal. Wilson’s career at North Texas includes rankings as the school’s fourth all-time leading rusher (3,205 yards) and third in career rushing touchdowns (32). He also earned national recognition with tenth place in rushing touchdowns (16) and was named one of ten semifinalists for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
This weekend’s championship pairing provides a rematch for North Texas and Florida Atlantic. The teams previously met on October 21, when Florida Atlantic won in a resounding 69-31 victory. North Texas possesses the talent to avenge this loss, and I hope you all join me in wishing them the best of luck in Boca Raton this weekend.
Guest Writer: Laura Leigh Majernik