Mason Fine, Cherokee Nation citizen and holder of the Oklahoma high school career passing record while playing for Locust Grove High School, has done a bit more than just become a starter in his freshman year at the University of North Texas. Fine has quarterbacked his team into the Heart of Dallas Bowl against West Point.
Last year, the Mean Green won only one game. This year, with first year head coach Seth Littrell (who played his college ball at Oklahoma) at the helm and Fine under center, they improved to 5-7, and advanced to bowl contention on their Academic Progress Rate. Army is 7-5.
The teams met in the regular season at West Point and North Texas prevailed, 35-18. In that game, Fine was 9 of 17 for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
In the regular season this year, Fine was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team by the league’s 13 head coaches. The Cherokee phenom was 155 of 261 for 1,572 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns, including an 80-yard scamper against the University of Texas at San Antonio that was the longest play from scrimmage for the Mean Green in school history.
North Texas last appeared in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014, when they dispatched the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 36-14. This year, they become the first team to make a repeat Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance.
The University of North Texas Mean Green will meet the Army West Point Black Knights in the seventh Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 27 at 11 a.m. The game will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and broadcast on ESPN.