August 29, 2013
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“It’s a joy to be around those guys,” McCarney said. “Those three guys every single day are there with the same look on their faces. They work their tails off, don’t give in to adversity and don’t care who is on the schedule — a team that is 91 or 1-9. You are still going to get the same effort and productivity out of those guys either way.” McCarney and the members of the group give much of the credit to offensive line coach Mike Simmonds, who played four years in the NFL. No one appreciates what Simmonds and the core of UNT’s offensive line has accomplished more than Thompson. “They’re awesome,” Thompson said. “They do such a good job with blitz pickups and knowing what they are going to do. It was nice to know that I could drop back and see things down the field. It could be similar this year.” UNT is hoping that it will be. Fortenberry won’t be easy to replace, but the Mean Green still has Lemon, Y’Barbo and Johnson to build around and a reminder of what is possible hanging in
“Any time you have players who hang out off the field, it helps you on the field. We have become friends, not just teammates. We have each other’s backs off the field and on the field.” — Cyril Lemon, North Texas offensive lineman on the connection he shares with two other junior starters
their meeting room. The poster commemorating their six-sack season is special to each member of the trio. “We are very proud of only allowing six sacks,” Y’Barbo said. “It was a big accomplishment for us, something that isn’t done very often. It meant a lot to us and our coaches, but at the same time this is a new year and a new line.”
Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton
North Texas offensive lineman Cyril Lemon, bottom, blocks Arkansas State sophomore linebacker Qushaun Lee, clearing the way for running back Antionne Jimmerson to cross the goal line last season at Apogee Stadium.
Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...