Countdown to kickoff: Hello, North Texas 

August, 3, 2012
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GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throught August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, Gary Laney has a Q&A with Brett Vito of the Denton, Texas Record-Chronicle, who covers LSU's first opponent, North Texas. For more, see the GTN blog:

Q: After losing a 4,000-yard career rusher in Lance Dunbar, what's the offensive identity going to be for the Mean Green? Will they throw it around more?

I have a hard time believing that UNT won’t continue to lean on its running game. The strength of UNT’s team offensively is a really good offensive line and running the ball is in (head coach) Dan McCarney’s DNA. Offensive coordinator Mike Canales has been known to throw the ball around a bit, but I just don’t see the days of UNT running the ball at people going away. The question is who will be the next in the great line of UNT running backs that dates to the early 2000s with national rushing champions Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas and then Lance Dunbar. UNT does not have a proven running back like any of those guys, but does have enough competent guys back there to carry the ball.

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