North Texas boasts another strong defensive unit, led by defensive tackle Brandon Kennedy. He has already accepted an invitation to play in the 79th annual Shrine East-West Football Game (January 10, 2004), and enters the 2003 season as an All-America candidate after ranking third in the nation in tackles for a loss and being named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last season. Kennedy is a three-time all-conference pick who has been named to the Playboy All-America Team, preseason All-American by Athlon, Lindy's and College Football News, and named to the watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Backing him up is a unit that ranks as the best scoring defense and rushing defense in the Conference (Idaho has the top pass defense and the #1 tackler in the Conference, MLB Mike Anderson, with 66 tackles....North Texas linebacker Chris Hurd is #2 with 51 tackles).
This should be an interesting Homecoming match-up on both sides of the ball, and will be a good measure of how Idaho matches up in the Sun Belt.
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