North Texas added Memphis transfer Grant Gunnell to the quarterback room ahead of the 2022 season. The former standout at St. Piux X in the Houston area started his career at Arizona in 2019. He started three times as a true freshman, throwing for 1,239 passing yards and nine touchdowns to just one interception in eight games. Gunnell was the starter again in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He took a redshirt year in 2021 at Memphis and arrives at North Texas with three years of eligibility.
Gunnell was one of the most prolific passers in Texas state history during his TAPPS career and was a finalist for All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year after the 2018 campaign. He threw for 16,108 yards and 195 touchdowns – both state records – during his four seasons on varsity. Gunnell only threw 28 interceptions in 1,471 pass attempts. He added 1,621 yards and 28 touchdowns as a runner.
North Texas needs an influx of talent at quarterback after an inconsistent 2021 from Austin Aune and Jace Rudder. The pair completed 51.78 percent of their passes for 2,562 yards and 12 touchdowns. They threw 14 interceptions. The Mean Green only averaged 197.08 passing yards per game and completed a grand total of 204 passes in 13 games.
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