North Texas has been all over the place this week after its win against Arkansas on the road Saturday. The team earned one of the biggest wins in Mean Green history and has a 3-0 record so far, but what about about the individuals that make up the squad? Wednesday, we looked at how UNT compares to the rest of the country statistically. Now we’ll look at the numbers of the players who make up one of the best teams in UNT history.
Mason Fine (QB)
You knew this guy was going to be one of the players mentioned. Fine’s Heisman campaign is starting to take off, and just looking at his numbers, there’s definitely an argument for why he should be a candidate.
Not considering what he’s done the past two seasons for UNT under center (or in shotgun, mostly), Fine’s numbers from this season alone would have him in the Mean Green record book after starting the season with two 400-yard performances, becoming the first UNT quarterback to ever throw for at least 400 yards in back-to-back games.
After three weeks, Fine is third in the country in passing yards a game, a category he led last week before throwing for *only* 281 yards against the Razorbacks. Fine is averaging 381 yards a game, compared to Washington State’s Gardner Minshow II, who leads the way with a 401 average.
As for total passing yards, Fine’s 1,143 puts him at No. 5. Hawaii’s Cole McDonald, who has played in one game more than Fine, tops out with 1,486 passing yards in four contests.
Passing yardage is where Fine’s biggest numbers are, however, he still sits at No. 14 in passing touchdowns with eight. He’s also No. 16 for points responsible for (54) and No. 17 in points responsible for per game (18). Fine’s 54 points responsible for is tied with Heisman frontrunners Will Grier of West Virginia and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
McDonald and Minshew lead the country in most passing statistics, including passing touchdowns and total offense, respectively. Fine is fourth in total offense, averaging 381.3 yards a game.
Fine’s lowest national ranking in a passing category is passing efficiency, which he’s No. 33 with a 155.1 rating. He also has a .659 completion percentage.
No. 3 in passing yards a game with a 381 average
No. 4 in total offense, averaging 381.3 yards a game
No. 5 in passing yards with 1,143
Tied for No. 14 in passing touchdowns with 8
Tied for No. 16 in points responsible for with 54
Tied for No. 17 in points responsible for per game with an 18-point average
No. 33 in passing efficiency with a 155.1 rating
Cole Hedlund (K)
The kicker? Yes, the kicker.
It’s early, but Cole Hedlund is possibly putting together the best season of any kicker in the country during his first and only season with UNT. A three-field goal performance last week against his former team in Arkansas only bettered Hedlund’s numbers through three games.
Hedlund leads the nation in scoring with 15.3 points a game and is also second in total points scored with 46. Hawaii receiver John Ursua, who has played in one more game than Hedlund, has the most points scored this season with 48. Southern Miss’ Quez Watkins is behind Hedlund in scoring, averaging 15 points a game.
As for just kickers, Hedlund is leading the pack. He’s one of 26 kickers that hasn’t missed a field goal try this season, but he’s at the top of that statistic considering his 10 tries is more than any other perfect kicker. His 10 attempts puts him at averaging 3.33 a game, which also leads all of FBS.
The only major kicking category Hedlund doesn’t lead is longest field goal made this season. His career-long of 51 yards is tied for 12th. Colorado State’s Wyatt Bryan knocked down the longest field goal at 55 yards.
No. 1 in scoring, averaging 15.3 points a game
Tied for No. 1 in field goal percentage at 1.000
No. 1 in field goals per game with 3.33
No. 2 in total points scored with 46
Tied for No. 12 in longest field goal made with a 51-yard make
Kemon Hall and Nate Brooks (CB)
Death, taxes and Kemon Hall getting an interception. Hall stealing a pass has almost become a tradition this season for UNT, as he’s notched an interception in every game this season so far.
Hall averaging an interception a game is the second best in the country, tied with teammate Nate Brooks, who recorded two picks against Arkansas on Saturday. Hall and Brooks’ three total interceptions are also the most in FBS.
The only category Hall leads by himself is passes defended with 2.7 a game and eight total. His average of 2.7 is tied with three others atop that category.
Both No. 1 in total interceptions with 3
Both No. 2 in interceptions per game with an average of 1 a game
Hall No. 1 in passes defended with 2.7 a game
Rico Bussey, Jr. (WR)
Rico Bussey, Jr. has been Fine’s favorite target early this season and the proff is in Bussey’s numbers.
Bussey’s 7.3 receptions a game is the 16th best in the country. He’s also seventh in reception touchdowns with four, along with a handful of others.
And speaking of receivers, Jaelon Darden is also near the top of a category, but as a specialist not a pass-catcher. Darden’s 16.3 average for punt returns is good enough for No. 18 in the country.
Tied for No. 7 in reception touchdowns with 4
No. 16 in receptions per game with a 7.3 average
E.J. Ejiya (LB)
E.J. Ejiya has been in opponents’ backfields more than any other Mean Green player.
Ejiya has eight tackles for loss this season, and his 2.7 a game average is the second best in the country. He also has three sacks, averaging one a game, which is good enough to be tied at No. 17 in FBS.