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Quarterback Mason Fine
Mean Green 


C-USA Offensive
 Player of Year


"He's the gun...He can do it all. He can run it and throw it. He's a smart football player. That's what you're looking for in a football player, and he has all of those attributes."

Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson

Quarterback Mason Fine
Meet Mason Fine
Mason Fine
Position: Quarterback
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Class: Junior
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 just 5-foot-11 and 185 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 and touchdowns 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.

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

Fine accepted the offer from North Texas, a team coming off a 1-11 season with a new coach in charge, and the Mean Green's fortunes turned immediately. UNT went to a bowl game in each of Fine's first two seasons. By the end of his sophomore season, Fine had set school records for single-season passing yards, touchdowns passes and completions, and he's on pace to break the program record for career passing yards in just his junior season.

Fine is already drawing comparisons to Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield. In his sophomore season, Fine was the No. 6 passer in the nation, throwing for 4,052 yards and 31 touchdowns, and was the top returning quarterback in FBS in 2018.

"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 coach Seth Littrell on Mason Fine

Fine, however, 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. 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."

Quarterback Mason Fine
Fine Numbers

























1.Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State4,580
2.Gardner Minshew II, Washington State4,477
3.Kyler Murray, Oklahoma4,053
4.Jordan Ta'amu, Ole Miss3,918
5.Will Grier, West Virginia3,864
6.Cole McDonald, Hawaii3,790
7.Ryan Finley, North Carolina State3,789
8.Mason Fine, North Texas3,734
9.Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State3,642
10.Brett Rypien, Boise State3,580


1.Kyler Murray, Oklahoma114.10
2.Will Grier, West Virginia103.56
3.Brett Rypien, Boise State101.79
4.Mason Fine, North Texas100.76
5.D'Eriq King, Houston99.71
6.Ryan Finley, NC State99.14
7.K.J. Costello, Stanford98.57
8.Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State98.38
9.Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State96.36
10.Jordan Love, Utah State95.75


9,358 Career Passing Yards

Most in North Texas history.

259.9 Career Passing Yards Per Game

Most in North Texas history

64 Career Passing Touchdowns

Third most in North Texas history

774 Career Completions

Most in North Texas history

1,229 Career Pass Attempts

Most in North Texas history

139.46 Career Passing Efficiency

Highest in North Texas history

63.0 Career Completion Percentage

Second highest in North Texas history

13 300-Yard Passing Games

Most in North Texas history

28 200-Yard Passing Games

Most in North Texas history

North Texas Single-Season Records

Passing yards (4,052), touchdowns (31), completions (324) and pass attempts (511) in 2017

North Texas Bowl Records

For completions (30) and attempts (54) at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 16, 2017


13,081 Career Passing Yards

Oklahoma state high school record

166 Career Passing Touchdowns

Oklahoma state high school record


Record at Locust Grove High School

Quarterback Mason Fine
Awards & Records

Since taking over the starting quarterback job at Locust Grove High School in 2014, Mason Fine has drawn district, state, conference and national attention, has amassed dozens of awards and records, and is on the radar for more honors this season.


The accolades Fine has garnerned in his junior campaign:

2018 Conference USA Preseason first‑team all‑conference

Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week (Week 1)

Davey O'Brien Award's Great 8 list (Week 1)

Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week (Week 1)

Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week (Week 3)


Fine has been named as a player to watch for six college football awards for 2018:

Maxwell Award

Presented by the Maxwell Football Club for the College Player of the Year.

Sammy Baugh Award

Presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the nation's top passer.

Walter Camp Player of the Year

Presented by the Walter Camp Football Foundation to the player of the year.

Davey O'Brien Award

Presented by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to the nation's top quarterback.

Manning Award

Presented by the Sugar Bowl Committee to the nation's top quarterback.

Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

Presented by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Selection Committee to the top offensive player in Division I.


2017 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year

2017 Conference USA first‑team all‑conference

2016 Conference USA all‑freshman team

2015 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year

MaxPreps Small Schools All‑American team

2014 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year

Quarterback Mason Fine
What Opponents Say

"At some point, you just have to give credit where credit is due. That guy is good. Really, really good."

Southern Miss linebacker Jeremy Sangster

"He's definitely hard to prepare for and is definitely one of the best quarterbacks in the league, if not the best. We study film on him and how they're able to air it out against teams and really blow up the scoreboard. It's special. We continue to harp on his playmaking ability, and I know he's a similar guy to Russell Wilson...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

"Oh, he's one of my favorite players in the league. In a good-natured way, I hope he misses the flight to Norfolk later in the year. Number one is his competitiveness. 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...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 can see the fight that he has in him and the competitiveness makes him a good player...I've always said this about our team: if your quarterback is not tough, your team is not going to be tough. If your quarterback doesn't have that competitive fire, drive not just on game day, but practice, in the summer workouts, in the spring, you're not going to have a very good team."

Middle Tennessee head coach
Rick Stockstill

"He is so fun to watch...He is a scrappy competitor. I think when you have a guy like that can lead like he does and getting the ball to the appropriate people at the right time, good things happen to an offense, and he proved that last year."

Rice head coach
Mike Bloomgren

"He's really good. He is pretty mobile in the pocket. Even though he's pretty short, he can see down the field well and he has a really good arm."

Southern Miss defensive lineman
Ladarrius Harris

"He's an excellent player. He's the gun. He's done a great job of directing North Texas and you have to give him a ton of credit...He can do it all. He can run it and throw it. He's a smart football player. That's what you're looking for in a football player, and he has all of those attributes."

Southern Miss head coach
Jay Hopson

"How many game-winning drives did he engineer down the field late in games? In our game, we had the lead. He gets the ball, takes his team and makes some unbelievable throws, pressure throws in big-game situations with the championship on the line. I think he's an incredible competitor and a great player. Great players make big plays in big games in big moments, and he did it not only in our game but in so many games."

Louisiana Tech head coach
Skip Holtz

"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. He creates plays and runs the offense, and he has toughness and great leadership qualities...All of us would rather have a mobile QB that can create plays that you don't draw up on the board. He executes plays very well, but he can also create plays."

UTEP head coach
Dana Dimel

"There's no doubt he's an arm talent. You start talking about the throws I saw him make and then we go play against him and he's so calm and collected and can make all the throws. He's super accurate and 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, and a great competitor."

UAB head coach
Bill Clark

Quarterback Mason Fine
"...the best QB in Texas"

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


Upset-Minded Mason Fine Is Ready For An Arkansas Homecoming Of Sorts, by Kolby Paxton, Sept. 13, 2018

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


Meet the best QB in Texas: UNT record-setting passer Mason Fine, by Chris Hummer, May 30, 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


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

Bleacher Report

How Record-Setting QB with Video Game Numbers Finally Landed FBS Offer, by Damon Sayles, Jan. 27, 2016

Apogee Stadium
Media Requests

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Jordan Stepp, assistant athletic director

Quarterback Mason Fine