North Texas loaded on offense

Mel Kiper wraps up his look at all 117 Division I-A football teams with the top players on four teams from the Sun Belt Conference.

Originally Published: August 25, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note:'s Mel Kiper Jr. continues his look at the best players in each conference by examining the top five players on the rosters of four teams in the Sun Belt Conference (schools listed in alphabetical order).

Idaho Vandals
1. Hank Therian, LT, so. -- A young 6-foot-7, 325-pounder who could become among the best linemen ever at Idaho, in the same class as former Vandal and NFL standout Mark Schlereth, who was drafted in the late rounds in 1989.
2. Mike Anderson, DE, jr. -- Moves from middle linebacker to end this season to take advantage of his natural pass-rush ability. Anderson goes 6-3, 238 and will bring some quickness of the edge.
3. Brandon Kania, DE, sr. -- Will team with Anderson as a quality pair of bookends on the defensive line. Kania goes 6-3, 230.
4. J.R. Ruffin, CB, sr. -- Checks in at just 6-0, 170, but was a sprinter on the Idaho track team and runs legitimate 4-35-4.40 speed in the 40. Ruffin played in only five games last season because of off-field issues but a consistent year in 2004 could earn him some looks from the NFL.
5. Michael Harrington, QB, jr. -- Started five games and played in a total of seven, completing only 45.9 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 6-3, 200-pounder dealt with a lot of dropped passes, though, and with some help from his receivers his performance should go up. Harrington -- the younger brother of Detroit Lions QB Joey -- looked good in the spring and has been consistent in fall camp.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.