North Texas lineman leaving program to run family farm

History has seen plenty of college football players leave the team to transfer to a different program, leave because of injury and other reasons, but North Texas Mean Green offensive lineman Brian Ochs may have just added a new one to the book. As was reported by Brett Vito of the Denton Chronicle, Ochs will leave the program to go back home to Kansas and run the family farm.

UNT head coach Dan McCarney offered more on Ochs’ departure.

“He was in our top eight and was going to play at SMU,” McCarney said of UNT’s season-opener. “He also had a 3.0 GPA in the classroom in the spring and did a hell of a job. He is exactly what we want in a junior college player. He was going to help us right away.”

A junior college transfer from Kansas’ Butler County Community College, Ochs was expected to fill a great void on a Mean Green offensive line that lost four of five offensive linemen to graduation this spring. Now, UNT will have to make do without him, though McCarney did not close the door on Ochs’ potential return.

“We would welcome him back with open arms,” McCarney said.

North Texas begins the 2015 season, its fifth under McCarney, on the road against Southern Methodist on September 12.

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