Next Opponent’s Coach & Son Has Close Ties to McElroy


Interesting note to the next opponent.... North Texas's current head coach and starting quarterback have close ties to Alabama's current QB, Greg McElroy.   The head coach,  Todd Dodge, and his son, reshirt freshman and starting QB, Riley Dodge, were at the famous Southlake Carroll High School in Texas.  When McElroy was there he was the starter at QB and Riley was the backup. 

North Texas University Coach Todd Dodge ended his career in high school coaching on a 48 game winning streak.  He led Southlake Carroll to 3 national championships by USA Today PrepNation along with 5 state titles.  He coached the superstar, Chase Daniel of Missouri fame as well as our very own Greg McElroy.   Coach Dodge was a very good QB himself for the University of Texas, still ranking in the top 10 in passing and TD's in the Longhorn’s all-time leaders list.  His 96-yard touchdown pass against Rice in 1985 is tied for the second-longest play in UT’s history.  todddodge   

Unfortunately, we not even get to see Riley Dodge.  He hurt his shoulder against Ohio in a double overtime loss and the word is not out yet whether he can take the field against his former protege at Alabama, Greg McElroy. 

Background on Riley Dodge

rilydodgeRiley Dodge prepped at Carroll High School of Southlake, Texas, where he was coached by his dad, Todd Dodge, and later Hal Wasson. Dodge played behind current Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy. As a junior, Dodge gained 4,184 yards and 54 touchdowns passing, plus 1,119 yards and 13 scores rushing, in Todd Dodge's trademark no-huddle spread offense. His 54 TD passes tie fellow Southlake Carroll alumnus Chase Wasson for third all-time in Texas high school football history.Growing up as a Texas Longhorns fan, Dodge verbally committed to play for Mack Brown in February of 2007. However, he later changed his mind, and eventually signed a letter of intent to play at North Texas for his father.

North Texas and Bama will "tussle" in Tuscaloosa this week at 11AM on SEC TV.  Get ready for a fight because the Mean Green of North Texas will be guning for us like FIU was.  We can't let them acheive a better outcome of victory over the Tide.  The head coach is a very prolific coach everywhere he has been, and is trying to build something special at NTU... lets not be his stepping stone to success!

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