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).