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DENTON - Barring something completely unforeseen, this will be Andrew Tucker’s last experience with spring football at North Texas. And that’s something the Chapel Hill product doesn’t take lightly. “I’ve just got to make sure that I calm down and give it everything I got because I know I’m going to miss it,” said Tucker, a redshirt senior running back. “Going into the fall, I’m going to do a little bit of extra work with my boys. It’s my last spring but I’ve still got a lot of springs left (in my life).” Last fall, Tucker appeared in 11 games for UNT and ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns. The seasoned upperclassman also scored another touchdown on a blocked punt return. At times in 2016, he shared the Mean Green backfield with another East Texas product, Jeffrey Wilson of Elkhart, who led UNT with 936 rushing yards last season. And even though they play the same position and are both seniors, there is no competition between Tucker and Wilson. Instead, it’s quite the opposite. “We came from the same area. We were all born and raised the same way, so we know the area, which is just surrounded by trees,” Tucker said. “We ride horses and do the country boy stuff like wear cowboy boots. We’re both hard-working guys, having fun out here, grinding, making each other work.” Tucker might not get the repetitions and carries that Wilson does in practice or in games, but second-year UNT head coach Seth Littrell knows Tucker’s greatest value within the program lies in his ability to be one of the Mean Green’s strongest leaders. read more: http://www.etfinalscore.com/ET-Football/274536/sense-of-finality-at-unt-as-hit-chapel-hills-tucker
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Several Big 12 football programs have spent the past week in East Texas searching for some of the top talent in the state. For a non power five conference team like North Texas, recruiting can be a little tougher. But, the Mean Green have made East Texas a second home. North Texas might not compete in a power five conference, but head coach Dan McCarney doesn't back down from targeting East Texas players that have offers from the likes of a Texas A&M or Baylor. "We do not put up a white flag with any young man and say we surrender because these schools are recruiting you," McCarney said. "This is a major, major part of our recruiting right here." McCarney isn't lying. The Mean Green have over a dozen East Texans on their roster. "There is a history of this for a long time," McCarney said. "They bring toughness, competitiveness, loyalty, and are hard nosed. If you walk down a dark alley, you take a bunch of guys from East Texas with you because they will fight and compete their butts off." Read more: http://www.kltv.com/story/29300435/north-texas-puts-emphasis-on-recruiting-east-texas