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2015 NFL DRAFT

Lance Dunbar, RB

School: North Texas  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Haltom, TX
Height/Weight: 5-08 / 205 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Latest News
03/14/2012 - NFL scouts came to Apogee Stadium to evaluate UNT prospects for the Mean Green's Pro Day on Tuesday. Pro Day allows NFL scouts to work out draft prospects and talk with the players and their coaches about the NFL Draft, which begins April 26. Nineteen potential NFL Draft eligible prospects completed a series of workouts at Apogee, including the 40-yard dash and the 225-pound bench press. Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks were present for UNT's Pro Day. Senior running back Lance Dunbar, who finished his UNT career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,224 yards, completed seven workouts for the scouts. Among the most important was his 40-yard dash time, which he ran in 4.50 and 4.47 seconds. Each player has an opportunity to run the 40-yard dash twice. "The 40 was a big deal for me," he told meangreensports.com. "I worked hard for the last two months to get ready for today because I knew it was my big day. Came out, did what I had to do. Hopefully." Senior defensive end Brandon Akpunku, who led the team in sacks with 7.5 last season, also worked out for the scouts. "My vertical jump and broad jump were definitely opportunities to show how explosive I am," he told meangreensports.com. "I got off to a good start there." UNT has not had a player drafted since 2004, when the Oakland Raiders selected linebacker Cody Spencer in the sixth round. New Orleans Saints running back Patrick Cobbs and New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters are the only UNT players currently playing in the NFL. - Bobby Lewis, North Texas Daily

03/14/2012 - Lance Dunbar finally got his opportunity to shine Tuesday, long after the players considered the best prospects in this year's NFL draft class had their shot. Dunbar wasn't among the 327 players invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in late February, leaving North Texas' annual pro day as his lone shot to make an impression on NFL scouts. UNT's all-time leading rusher capitalized in impressive fashion, posting an all-around solid performance and addressing what is considered his biggest weakness - a lack of sprinter's speed. Dunbar posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 in his first attempt and then broke through to run a 4.47. The difference of just a few hundredths of a second could make a big difference for the senior, who now will have that all important 4.4 listed next to his name going into the April 26-28 draft. "It went great," Dunbar said. "I trained hard for the last two months and it showed today. They expected me to run a 4.6 and I ran 4.47. It was a pretty good time and a big difference from what they had. They saw my real speed with what I ran." Nearly a dozen scouts, including former UNT great "Mean" Joe Greene, were on hand to see Dunbar and the rest of the team's draft-eligible players work out at Apogee Stadium. Dunbar is considered UNT's best draft prospect, but several other players who could earn invitations to an NFL training camp also worked out. - Brett Vito, Denton Record Chronicle

12/16/2011 - 2011 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Lance Dunbar (North Texas, Sr., RB), has been selected All-Sun Belt Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season. For Dunbar it is the third straight season he has been selected as a first-team all-conference player and he is the first North Texas player to be a first-team all-conference pick in three straight seasons since Nick Zuniga (2001-03) and Brandon Kennedy (2001-03). Dunbar also became only the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for over 4,000 yards and have over 1,000 yards receiving in his career. He is the only player in North Texas history to have three, 1,000-yard rushing seasons and he broke a North Texas and Sun Belt record with 313 rushing yards in the final game of his career against Middle Tennessee. - North Texas football

10/22/2011 - Derek Thompson threw three touchdown passes and Lance Dunbar rushed for 139 yards Saturday as North Texas defeated Louisiana-Monroe 38-21. Thompson completed 23 of 39 passes for 332 yards and had TD passes of 9 and 13 yards to Chris Bynes, and 40 yards to Brelan Chancellor. Bynes had eight receptions for 85 yards, while Chancellor finished with five receptions for 113 yards. Dunbar added a 60-yard scoring run for the Mean Green (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt), and had four catches for 50 yards. He now has 3,781 career rushing yards and 1,014 receiving yards-becoming the 25th player in NCAA history to top 3,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. Louisiana-Monroe (2-5, 1-2) tied the game at 21 on an 8-yard run by Jyruss Edwards in the third quarter. The Warhawks also scored on a 100-yard kick return by Luther Ambrose to open the game and a 15-yard run by Centarius Donald. - AP Sports

09/24/2011 - Lance Dunbar made up for two lost fumbles in the first quarter by gaining 279 all-purpose yards, Derek Thompson threw three touchdown passes and Dan McCarney earned his first victory at North Texas as the Mean Green defeated Indiana 24-21 Saturday night. Dunbar, North Texas' leading rusher the past two seasons, had a career-high 152 yards receiving and added 127 more rushing. After losing fumbles on consecutive drives in the opening quarter, Dunbar caught an 83-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter that gave North Texas (1-3) its first score. Indiana (1-3) trailed 24-0 before storming back in the fourth quarter. Backup Dusty Kiel threw two touchdown passes in the final 6 minutes, including a 67-yarder to Kofi Hughes that made it 24-21. North Texas recovered the ensuing onside kick with 1:05 left to secure McCarney's first victory since coaching Iowa State in 2006. North Texas' last win over a school from a BCS automatic qualifying conference was in 2003 against Baylor. The Hoosiers played without leading receiver Damarlo Belcher, who did not make the trip because of an undisclosed injury. The senior came into the game with 14 catches for 190 yards. - AP Sports

09/15/2011 - You can't be too safe when it comes to concussions. Even if you're Lance Dunbar - the greatest offensive threat on the North Texas roster - the risk of returning too soon isn't worth the possible reward. His preseason injury is the reason Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney said the Doak Walker Award candidate is "not yet in his full groove." In losses to Florida International and Houston, the senior has just 105 yards on 36 carries. "He's not even close yet to what I think he can become. ... He didn't scrimmage at all and missed a lot of practices," McCarney said. "So he's just getting into game shape now. When you miss significant practice time, scrimmage time, playing time during August, you're not just going to jump out there and start dominating everybody." Dunbar entered the season ranked second in the program's history with 3,900 all-purpose yards and 37 career touchdowns. His 1,553 rushing yards a year ago made him only the second North Texas player to log back-to-back 1,000 yards seasons. - The Montgomery Advertiser

09/10/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: North Texas needs to be able to score some points, which it didn't come close to doing at FIU. Houston's defense should be more giving than FIU was, but UNT's offense still has to prove it can get the job done. It's quarterback Derek Thompson's third year in the program, but he has only played in three games. Running back Lance Dunbar should be able to find more holes than he did against FIU even with a young offensive line. Look for sophomore Brelan Chancellor to get more targets after a nice performance against FIU. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Houston at North Texas, Sept. 10. The two teams get back together after a 13-year absence. The last time the two teams played, North Texas was getting ready to rule the Sun Belt. Times have changed, as the Cougars are looking to be BCS busters and go 12-0, while UNT is trying to avoid a winless season. What UNT has going for it is the fact that it's the Apogee Stadium opener, and players will be motivated to shine in the first game in their new digs. KEYS TO THE GAME: Hold your blocks. UNT's offensive line struggled against FIU and young quarterback Derek Thompson didn't have much time to throw, though McCarney was proud of the way he stepped into the pressure and got some passes off. Houston isn't known for a tough defense, but if UNT can't block, this game could be a big blowout. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Lance Dunbar - The star running back was held to just 43 yards on 18 carries against FIU. He should have more running room against Houston's defense, but if the Mean Green fall behind early, his carries may be limited. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Lance Dunbar is one of the top running backs in the country you've never heard of. He's a threat to score any time he touches the ball, and there's no doubt FIU will be keying on him from the get-go since UNT's passing attack is suspect. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: It starts with senior RB Lance Dunbar, who ran for 1,553 yards last season and is a favorite for Sun Belt Player of the Year. But with defenses caving in on Dunbar, inexperienced QB Derek Thompson and a group of receivers who haven't played much will have to grow up fast. Preseason All-Conference pick Matt Tomlinson anchors a solid offensive line. Dunbar needs 940 yards to break Patrick Cobbs' school record for career rushing yards. Cobbs ran for 4,050 yards from 2001-05. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB Lance Dunbar - The senior was among the nation's top running backs last year and is the best breakaway running back in the Sun Belt. He topped the 200-yard mark five times over the past two years, including a career-best 270 against Kansas State in the season finale. North Texas' season would go down the tubes in a heartbeat if Dunbar was lost. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lance Dunbar (Sr.), North Texas, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Dunbar becomes the first North Texas back to be selected to the watch list since Jamario Thomas in 2006. Dunbar enters 2011 with the third-most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns among all players in the Football Bowl Subdivision. A two-time All-America honoree by Sports Illustrated, Dunbar finished 2010 ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards. He ranks third in career rushing yards (3,109) among all returning FBS players and only LaMichael James of Oregon has more yards over the past two years. - North Texas football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB), enters 2011 with the third-most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns among all players in the Football Bowl Subdivision. A two-time All-America honoree by Sports Illustrated, Dunbar finished 2010 ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards. He ranks third in career rushing yards (3,109) among all returning FBS players and only LaMichael James of Oregon has more yards over the past two years. - North Texas football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE (COACHES): Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB), has been selected Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference football for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the Sun Belt Head Coaches and Media Representatives. A two-time All-America honoree by Sports Illustrated, Dunbar finished 2010 ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards. He ranks third in career rushing yards (3,109) among all returning FBS players and only LaMichael James of Oregon has more yards over the past two years. - North Texas football

06/26/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Lance Dunbar - North Texas' unquestioned MVP in 2010, Dunbar returns for his senior season after tallying the second-highest rushing total in a single season in program history. He enters his senior year with 3,109 career rushing yards. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
03/14/2012 - NFL scouts came to Apogee Stadium to evaluate UNT prospects for the Mean Green's Pro Day on Tuesday. Pro Day allows NFL scouts to work out draft prospects and talk with the players and their coaches about the NFL Draft, which begins April 26. Nineteen potential NFL Draft eligible prospects completed a series of workouts at Apogee, including the 40-yard dash and the 225-pound bench press. Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks were present for UNT's Pro Day. Senior running back Lance Dunbar, who finished his UNT career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,224 yards, completed seven workouts for the scouts. Among the most important was his 40-yard dash time, which he ran in 4.50 and 4.47 seconds. Each player has an opportunity to run the 40-yard dash twice. "The 40 was a big deal for me," he told meangreensports.com. "I worked hard for the last two months to get ready for today because I knew it was my big day. Came out, did what I had to do. Hopefully." Senior defensive end Brandon Akpunku, who led the team in sacks with 7.5 last season, also worked out for the scouts. "My vertical jump and broad jump were definitely opportunities to show how explosive I am," he told meangreensports.com. "I got off to a good start there." UNT has not had a player drafted since 2004, when the Oakland Raiders selected linebacker Cody Spencer in the sixth round. New Orleans Saints running back Patrick Cobbs and New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters are the only UNT players currently playing in the NFL. - Bobby Lewis, North Texas Daily

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