After an impressive road win at Penn State, the Alabama Crimson Tide return to Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night to take on the Mean Green of North Texas.
The Mean Green, who compete in the Sun Belt Conference, currently stand 0-2 on the season following losses to Florida International and Houston.
The contest with North Texas will be Alabama’s final tune-up before entering conference play on Sept. 24 against Arkansas.
Free “Air” Time
The North Texas offense is led by quarterback Derek Thompson.
Thompson completed 21-of-33 passes for 172 yards including one touchdown and one interception against the Houston Cougars.
On the season, the Mean Green signal caller is 35-of-60 for 339 yards.
Thompson's only touchdown, as well as his only interception, came against Houston.
Mean Green Receiving Team
At the receiver position, Derek Thompson’s favorite targets are Brelan Chancellor and Michael Outlaw.
Chancellor caught three passes for 49 yards against Houston, and has a total of six receptions for 104 yards on the season.
Outlaw reeled in four receptions for 40 yards against Houston, and has eight receptions for 99 yards in 2011.
The Rushing Green
On the ground, North Texas is led by Lance Dunbar.
Dunbar has rushed for 105 yards this season, including one touchdown.
Dunbar’s lone touchdown came against Houston last week as he rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries.
North Texas/Alabama Verdict
New head coach Dan McCarney, former University of Florida defensive line coach, has found the going tough at North Texas, and his tenure is only two games deep.
With a defense that currently allows 44-points per game, the contest with Alabama should do nothing to improve that statistic.
North Texas will leave Bryant-Denny Stadium with a nice paycheck…while the Crimson Tide will improve to 3-0.
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