Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: First-team All-Sun Belt with 1,553 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns on 274 carries (5.7 per) ... caught 28 passes for 332 yards and three scores ... finished No. 5 in the nation in rushing and leading the conference in scoring with 16 touchdowns … averaged 5.7 yards per carry. 2009: Honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated … Played in all 12 games, while starting the last eight … Finished 15th in the nation and second in the conference in rushing at 114.83 yards per game (1,378 total yards) … Led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring, his 17 rushing touchdowns ranked fifth nationally and 19 total touchdowns ranked seventh nationally … His 6.9 yard-per-carry average ranked second in the NCAA among backs with at least 200 carries … Named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week once … Also had 28 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. 2008: Ranked second on the squad with 178 rushing yards on just 39 attempts in five games … Also showed his hands out of the backfield with 12 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown … Missed the second part of the season due to a knee injury.
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10/29/12 - RB Lance Dunbar had six kickoff returns for 142 yards against the Giants including a team season high 44 yard return.
10/10/12 - RB Lance Dunbar is slated to get some kickoff returns in place of Felix Jones on Sunday against the Ravens as the Cowboys try to juice up the return game. Jones is averaging 21.5 yards per return.
10/08/12 - RB Lance Dunbar was signed to the roster from the practice squad to juice up the Cowboys' specials teams. Dunbar will be a gunner on punt coverage and will compete with Felix Jones for kickoff return duties. The Cowboys are 31st in the league in average starting position following kickoffs.
03/14/12 - 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
03/14/12 - 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