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QB Riley Dodge transfers from North Texas

Denton (Denton Record-Chronicle) - Riley Dodge's star-crossed career at UNT is over.

The highly-regarded Southlake Carroll product followed his father Todd Dodge to UNT in 2008 and played three seasons for the Mean Green.

Todd Dodge was fired in the middle of his fourth season on Oct. 20. Riley Dodge joined him in leaving UNT just over two months later.

"I have loved my time at North Texas," Riley Dodge said. "I have many friends and teammates that I will miss greatly. I hope all the best for North Texas football as it enters a new era and a great new stadium. Under the circumstances that have I have been presented, I feel it is in the best interest for all for me to seek a transfer at this time."

Dodge came to UNT as one of the most highly regarded prospects to sign with the Mean Green in recent years after backing out of a commitment to Texas to follow his father to Denton.

Riley Dodge had his moments at UNT. He accounted for seven touchdowns in a win over Western Kentucky in the 2009 season and threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Florida Atlantic last season.

Dodge's career was derailed by a series of injuries that continued last season when he broke his arm and suffered a neck injury in the Mean Green's season-ending loss to Kansas State.

Dodge began his final season at UNT as a wide receiver, but moved back to quarterback after the Mean Green lost starter Nathan Tune and Derek Thompson to injury. Dodge became one of UNT's backups when Tune went down in the Mean Green's loss to Rice and was then thrust back into the starting lineup when Thompson broke his leg in UNT's loss to Army.

The highlight of Dodge's season came the following week when he led UNT to a 21-17 win over Florida Atlantic in the Mean Green's Sun Belt Conference opener.

UNT's season appeared to be on an upswing heading into a three-game homestand, but quickly fell apart instead.

UNT lost the next week to Louisiana-Lafayette, a game in which Dodge broke his left arm.

Dodge put off surgery for a week to serve as a backup in a loss to Arkansas State and then had surgery that kept him on the sideline for a loss to Florida International.

Todd Dodge was fired the week following the loss that dropped UNT to 1-6 on the season.

Riley Dodge said in the days following his father's dismissal that he was committed to stay at UNT and came back the next week to lead the Mean Green to a win over Western Kentucky.

Dodge started for the rest of the season under interim head coach Mike Canales, but was knocked out of a season-ending loss to Kansas State with compressed vertebrae. Dodge was carted off the turf and left Fouts Field for the final time as a player in an ambulance.

The injury was the last of several that Dodge suffered during his tenure at UNT that included a season-ending concussion during his freshman season that led to him being granted a medical redshirt year by the NCAA. He then suffered a separated shoulder, a severely sprained ankle and a broken arm as a redshirt freshman.

UNT moved Dodge to wide receiver for his sophomore season, but was back at quarterback by the third game of the year.

Dodge said following a tumultuous season that he would return to UNT.

That plan changed on Tuesday, ending a once promising career for Dodge with the Mean Green.

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