Typically, when you think of football at the University of North Texas, you think of a program that struggles consistently in spite of it’s location and access to some of the top talent in the state of Texas–if not the country– in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Every now and then, however, the Mean Green produce a player with the ability to play in the National Football League.
A few years ago, it was running back Patrick Cobbs.
This season, it’s running back Lance Dunbar, who with 313 yards rushing yesterday against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders set a single-game rushing record at UNT, and also became the leading rusher in school history.
Finishing his career with 4,224 yards, Dunbar became the sixth running back in NFL history to rush for over 4,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving.
While somewhat under-sized by NFL standards at 5’9″ and 203 pounds, the Haltom City, Texas product has great strength and burst into the second-level. A nice comparison back is Michael Turner or Maurice Jones-Drew– guys with outstanding lower-body strength and the ability to consistently pick up additional yards on each carry after their first encounter with a defensive player.
While Lance Dunbar may not be a high-round pick in the 2012 Draft, the numbers he put up at North Texas and his ability to run with strength and power will be certain to land him somewhere in the NFL.
If the Mean Green have had a knack at anything since 2004–as the program has struggled but slowly improved– it is in finding running backs which are under the radar and turning them into guys who are able to play at the next level.
Congratulations to Lance Dunbar on an outstanding collegiate career.
He’s earned the chance to play on Sundays.