The North Texas Mean Green are starting over with former North Carolina offensive coordinator Seth Littrell taking over as head coach this year. They just picked up one of the better linebackers in the FCS for the upcoming season in D’Vonta Derricott.
Derricott transferred out of junior college to Kansas State in 2014, where he redshirted for one season. He then transferred down to the FCS where he spent one season with Eastern Kentucky before recently deciding to transfer back up to the FBS with the Mean Green for the 2016 season.
This is a big pick up for North Texas as Derricott was the top-ranked JUCO inside linebacker for the class of 2014. He had a good year for the Colonels, recording 29 tackles, one sack and an interception in 2015.
“I thought going back up into an higher conference would help me showcase my talent and my leadership,” Derricott wrote in a message to the Denton Record-Chronicle. “EKU is an great school and I learned a lot there.”
It should be a big year for D’Vonta Derricott and North Texas, who look to get back to a bowl game after missing the postseason last year. They made the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014, their first bowl appearance since winning the Sun Belt championship in 2004.