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North Texas signings: Mean Green loads up on linemen

Cornerback Taylor Robinson of Keller Central signed with North Texas on Wednesday.
Cornerback Taylor Robinson of Keller Central signed with North Texas on Wednesday. Special to the Star-Telegram

Offense: North Texas brought in five offensive linemen, including four from the high school ranks, to bolster an offensive line that lost four starters, including perennial all-conference performer Cyril Lemon. Coach Dan McCarney said the team will look at 2014 reserve holdovers first. Quarterback? Who knows. No one would be surprised if junior college transfer DaMarcus Smith emerges, though he won’t enroll until the summer.

Defense: The Mean Green shopped the junior college market for key acquisitions on this side of the ball. LB Cortney Finney was the national junior college defensive player of the year at Trinity Valley Community College; S Jakii Moore arrived this spring from Alabama-Birmingham, which folded its program, and DE Jareid Combs was signed out of Iowa Central Community College. Finney and Moore will participate in spring drills.

Immediate impact: Combs, 6-foot-3, 248 pounds — the No. 12 defensive end in the nation — had 17 sacks for Iowa Central Community College in 2014, second in the nation, and 25 over the past two years. “He has special talents,” coach Dan McCarney said. “He’s got speed and quickness and good pass rush moves.” Combs won’t arrive until the summer.

Player

Pos.

School

Creighton Barr

OL

Flower Mound Marcus

Rodney Bendy

WR

Tyler John Tyler

D’Aundrey Bradley

WR

Cedar Hill

Nate Brooks

CB

Whitehouse

Caleb Chumley

QB

Longview Pine Tree

Jareid Combs

DL

Iowa Central CC

Kevin Dillman

Ath.

Denton Guyer

Cortney Finney

LB

Trinity Valley CC

James Gray

S

Fort Scott (Kan.) CC

Xavier Grindle

CB

Pearl River (Miss.) CC

DeMikal Harrison

DL

Midwest City (Okla.)

Eli Howard

DE

San Angelo Central

Jakii Moore

DB

Ala.-Birmingham

Chett Munden

OL

Marshall

Jordan Murray

OL

Coppell

Brian Ochs

OL

Butler (Kan.) CC

Ashton Preston

CB

Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe

Taylor Robinson

CB

Keller Central

Dakota Smith

LB

Trinity Valley CC

DaMarcus Smith

QB

Butler (Kan.) CC

Kelvin Smith

TE

Spring Dekaney

Thaddeus Thompson

WR

Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC

RD Wegmann

DL

Wichita Falls Rider

Elex Woodworth

OL

Mesquite Horn

Roderick Young

DL

Spring Dekaney

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