The struggle continues for the North Texas football program that for years has been trying to be relevant. The latest episode has to do with the lack of healthy quarterbacks on the team.
In last week’s loss to Army, back-up QB Derek Thompson went down with a broken leg. This after losing starter Nathan Tune for the year in the Week 2 loss to Rice. The injury bug has forced head coach Todd Dodge to turn to former Southlake Carroll standout Riley Dodge as the new signal caller. Riley was at one point the Mean Green starting QB, but was moved to wide receiver after shoulder and arm injuries. Not a good situation to be in, especially when you’re 0-3.
Dodge may be limited in what he can do, which restricts the offense on what they can do. He will have to be monitored with his number of throws in practice and during the game, or he could easily be number 3 to join the injury list. Lake Dallas product Chase Baine now moves into the backup position for the next game against Florida Atlantic, with 2 others traveling with the team as insurance policies.
So if you ever wanted to be a college quarterback, at this rate UNT may soon have some openings. Don’t be surprised to see Scott Bakula, a.k.a. Paul Blake, bringing that Texas State Fighting Armadillos magic to Denton in hopes of making it through the season.
Written by C. James