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Quarterback Mason Fine
North Texas
Quarterback
Mason Fine
“He’s The Gun”

“Meet The Best QB In Texas.”

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North Texas quarterback Mason Fine
Name: Mason Fine
Position: Quarterback
Height: 5‑11
Weight: 190
Class: Senior
Major: Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Peggs, Okla.
High School: Locust Grove

Mason Fine has those intangibles coaches love, qualities that conjure a flood of football clichés. Smart. Fiercely competitive. Tough. Willing to take a hit. Tenacious. Excels under pressure. A natural leader.

Missing from that list are the measureables coaches desire. He isn’t big, standing 5‑foot‑11 and 190 pounds. He’s quick and mobile but not blindingly fast. He has a strong arm but not a cannon. For those reasons, despite setting Oklahoma high‑school records for passing yards (13,081) and touchdowns (166) and being the only two‑time Gatorade Player of the Year in state history, college recruiters were not interested in Fine. He was dismissed as a two‑star prospect and received only one FBS scholarship offer.

And yet, Fine is a two‑time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and this year was tabbed the best quarterback in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

Because all Mason Fine does is make plays and win games.

“He’s a football player, pure and simple,” UTEP head coach Dana Dimel said. “If height was a factor, Baker Mayfield wouldn't be the first pick in the NFL draft. Mason’s that type of player.”

Fine accepted the offer from North Texas, a team coming off a 1‑11 season with a new head coach, and the Mean Green’s fortunes turned immediately. UNT went to a bowl game in each of Fine’s first three seasons. By the end of his junior season, Fine had broken the school records for single‑season and career passing yards, touchdowns passes and completions.

Before the end of his junior season, Fine broke North Texas school records for career passing yards, completions, attempts, and most 200- and 300-yard games.

FINE'S NORTH TEXAS RECORDS

9,952 Career Passing Yards - most in UNT history.

255.2 Career Passing Yards Per Game - most in UNT history

69 Career Passing Touchdowns - second in UNT history

827 Career Completions - most in UNT history

1,310 Career Pass Attempts - most in UNT history

140.2 Career Passing Efficiency - highest in UNT history

63.1 Career Completion Percentage - second in UNT history

14 300-Yard Passing Games - most in UNT history

1,594 Career Total Plays - most in UNT history

North Texas Single-Season Records - passing yards (4,052), touchdowns (31), completions (324) and pass attempts (511) in 2017

“I’m ready for him to graduate.”

“He’s the gun for North Texas, and he's a playmaker. He’s an extremely smart and intelligent football player.”

Southern Miss head coach
Jay Hopson

“I know his arm talent, accuracy and football mind are all tremendous. I’m ready for him to graduate.”

UAB head coach
Bill Clark

“Just when you think you got him, he throws off his back foot and it’s a perfect dime, and you just can't do anything about it.”

Southern Miss linebacker
Racheem Boothe

NCAA FBS PASSING

2019 PASSING YARDS PER GAME

NAME, SCHOOLYARDS
1.Elijah Sindelar, Purdue4466.0
2.Anthony Gordon, Washington State4442.0
3.Anthony Russo, Temple409.0
4.Cole McDonald, Hawaii399.5
5.Joe Burrow, LSU374.5
6.Collin Hill, Colorado State370.5
7.Drew Plitt, Ball State368.5
8.Alan Bowman, Texas Tech356.6
Jamie Newman, Wake Forest356.5
10.Jordan Love, Utah State355.0
34.Mason Fine, North Texas267.5

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS

NAME, SCHOOLYARDS
1.Mason Fine, North Texas9,952
2.Ben Hicks, Arkansas9,322
3.Stephen Calvert, Liberty8,808
4.Riley Neal, Vanderbilt7,856
5.Justin Herbert, Oregon7,622
6.Jake Bentley, South Carolina7,527
7.Stephen Montez, Colorado7,509
8.J'Mar Smith, Louisiana Tech7,097
9.Caleb Evans, Louisiana Monroe6,995
10.Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma6,217

FINE’S 2019 STATISTICS

PASSING YARDS

535

TOUCHDOWNS

5

INTERCEPTIONS

2

COMPLETION %

65.2

YARDS PER PASS

7.75

FINE’S CAREER STATISTICS

PASSING YARDS

9,952

TOUCHDOWNS

69

COMPLETIONS

827

ATTEMPTS

1,310

YARDS PER GAME

255.2

“If Height Was A Factor...”

“If he was three inches taller, we’d be talking about Fine as a first round pick.”

DAVE CAMPBELL'S
TEXAS FOOTBALL

“I see a next level football player.”

SOUTHERN MISS HEAD COACH
JAY HOPSON

“He’s a football player, pure and simple. If height was a factor, Baker Mayfield wouldn’t be the first pick in the NFL draft. Mason’s that type of player.”

UTEP HEAD COACH
DANA DIMEL

“Being that little of a quarterback, he’s proven a lot of people wrong.”

LOUISIANA TECH DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Ka'DERRION MASON

A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERSIZED QUARTERBACKS

6-1: Case Keenum (NCAA career passing leader)
6-1: Baker Mayfield (Heisman winner)*
6-0: Drew Brees (NFL career passing leader)
6-0: Len Dawson (Hall of Famer)*
6-0: Johnny Manziel (Heisman winner)*
6-0: Troy Smith (Heisman winner)
6-0: Fran Tarkenton (Hall of Famer)
6-0: Michael Vick (Pro Bowl)*
5-11: Mason Fine
5-11: Sonny Jurgensen (Hall of Famer)
5-11: Russell Wilson (Super Bowl champ)
5-10: Kyler Murray (Heisman winner)*
5-10: Doug Flutie (Heisman winner)
* - NFL first-round draft pick

“I love his competitiveness.”

“I love his tenacity, I love his competitiveness. Those are the traits you want to see in a quarterback.”

Old Dominion head coach
Bobby Wilder

“You’d love to have him on your team just because he’s a winner.”

UTEP head coach
Dana Dimel

“He brings the confidence. He has something about him. Those guys are hard to find. You find a lot of players that have great leadership skills. But that player everybody loves, is drawn to and feeds off of, you don’t find many of them.”

North Texas head coach
Seth Littrell

AWARDS

2019 Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

2019 Conference USA Preseason first‑team all‑conference

2018 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year

2018 Conference USA second‑team all‑conference

2018 Conference USA Preseason first‑team all‑conference

2017 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year

2017 Conference USA first‑team all‑conference

2016 Conference USA all‑freshman team

2019 WATCH LISTS

Davey O'Brien Award*

Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award*

Walter Camp Player of the Year*

Maxwell Award*

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Manning Award*

College Football Performance Awards National Performer

* - Fine was on this watch list in 2018.

Quarterback Mason Fine

“He’s tough.”

“He took some shots last year and it was like, ‘how does this kid keep popping back up?’ There's no doubt he's a tough, strong player physically.”
UAB head coach Bill Clark
“I watched a few games where it looked like he got blasted and his helmet would be all knocked off and stuff, but he would just bounce right up. He’s tough.”
Florida Atlantic linebacker Aziz Al‑Shaair
“He’s willing to sacrifice his body. He’ll hang in the pocket. We had a number of times last year where we just got to him as he was releasing the ball, where he knew he was going to get hit.”
Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder
North Texas quarterback Mason Fine

Heritage

Mason Fine is about more than football. He is one-quarter Cherokee and grew up in the small northeastern Oklahoma town of Peggs, 25 miles from the seat of the tribal government in the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

That heritage is a source of pride for Fine and members of the Nation.

“All through high school, we were extremely proud of Mason and, more importantly, we have so many young people who look up to him and think ‘I can do that.’ It’s very uplifting,” Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, told the Tulsa World.

Fine was exposed to Cherokee traditions, including the Cherokee language, by his maternal grandmother. Last August, North Texas began selling UNT shirts featuring "UNT" in Cherokee syllabary.

“I’ve done more than I thought I would with the platform that I have,” Fine told the Tulsa World. “I’ve been able to educate people in this platform. I want people to know more about our culture, where I come from and my heritage. It was a platform that I thought I would never have but since I’ve been down here, I’ve had an opportunity to do that and I’ve been proud of that. I’ve been able to spread, inform and educate.

Mason hopes one day to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

"That's what I want to go into after college, the political field and running for chief one day or studying indigenous law," Fine said. "It's important."

Clips and Highlights


Associated Press

Fine time at North Texas; QB’s 4th season with Littrell
by Stephen Hawkins, Aug. 29, 2019

ESPN

Why Mason Fine is the best QB you don’t know
by Alex Scarborough, Aug. 21, 2019

Pro Football Focus

PFF Rankings: College starting quarterback rankings for 2019
by Cam Mellor, Aug. 13, 2019

Dave Campbell's Texas Football

The 50 most important college players in Texas in 2019
by Shehan Jeyarajah, July 10, 2019

Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Ranking all the FBS starting quarterbacks in Texas
by Shehan Jeyarajah, May 9, 2019

Los Angeles Times

Mason Fine gives USC reason to be excited about Graham Harrell’s offense
by J. Brady McCollough, April 2, 2019

New York Times

Another Very Good ‘Short’ Quarterback Rises From Oklahoma
by Mike Piellucci, Dec. 14, 2018

The Jim Rome Show

The North Texas quarterback shares his story with Jim
radio interview, Oct. 18, 2018

The Sporting News

Mason Fine: Once unwanted, now unstoppable at North Texas
by John E. Hoover, Sept. 19, 2018

Tulsa World

An intriguing thought – Mason Fine as a Heisman Trophy finalist
by Bill Haisten, Sept. 18, 2018

MeanGreenSports.com

Born And Bred: Mason Fine
video, Sept. 10, 2018

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

The 50 most important college players in Texas in 2018 — No. 2: North Texas QB Mason Fine
by Shehan Jeyarajah, Aug. 29, 2018

Denton Record-Chronicle

10 things to know about UNT quarterback Mason Fine
by Brett Vito, June 28, 2018

OsiyoTV – Voices of the Cherokee People

Tackling Game Day
video, May 6, 2018

The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Bowl: North Texas QB admires Drew Brees for not‑so‑obvious reason
by Christopher Dabe, Dec. 15, 2017

Tulsa World

North Texas Quarterback Mason Fine Is Having Himself A Week
by Kolby Paxton, Oct. 17, 2017

Hero Sports

North Texas Riding Mason Fine’s Deep Ball to Historic Start
by Andrew Doughty, Oct. 11, 2017

FloFootball

North Texas Quarterback Mason Fine Continues to Defy Expectations
by Kolby Paxton, Aug. 30, 2017

Media Requests

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Jordan Stepp, assistant athletic director
940-369-8329
jordan.stepp@unt.edu