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Chris Hurd
Casey Fitzgerald
Derek Mendoza
Brandon McCoy
Ivan Delgado
Jordan Carstens

The North Texas walk-on program has produced multiple all-conference players, including
wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald, who caught five touchdown passes against Navy in 2007.

North Texas Football Walk-On Program

Walk-on linebacker Chris Hurd was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2003.

Former North Texas linebacker Chris Hurd

Walk-on wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald remains the Mean Green's all-time receptions leader.

Former North Texas wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald

Walk-on linebacker Derek Mendoza was a three-year starter from 2005 to 2007.

Former North Texas Derek Mendoza

Brandon McCoy served six years in the U.S. Army, then walked on at North Texas
and is entering his third year as a starting defensive lineman for the Mean Green.

North Texas defensive lineman Brandon McCoy

Walk-on Ivan Delgado was the No. 3 wide receiver in his first season with North Texas in 2011,
finishing with 26 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

North Texas wide receiver Ivan Delgado

Jordan Carstens was a walk-on under coach Dan McCarney at Iowa State, and became
an All-Big 12 defensive lineman and played in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers.

Jordan Carstens, walk-on under Dan McCarney at Iowa State

Walk-On Program

North Texas football coaches have long taken the walk-on program very seriously as it has long been a source of great players. In fact, two of the most successful players in Mean Green history were walk-ons.

Linebacker Chris Hurd made the team as a walk-on in 1999, played in every game in 2001, and earned a starting job in 2002. In his senior season in 2003, he had 120 tackles, earned first-team all-conference honors, and was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald made the team as a walk-on in 2004, then set about re-writing the North Texas record book. He is the North Texas career receptions leader with 229 catches and holds the mark for the most receiving yards in a single game with 327. He also holds the single-season records for receptions (113 in 2008) and receiving yards (1,322 in 2007).

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