SL Carroll well represented in title game

Todd Dodge is now coaching the Mean Green of North Texas, so in Denton, he's surely smiling. Two of his former players at Southlake Carroll will take center stage Jan. 7 in the BCS national title game.

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and Texas tailback Tre' Newton played one season together for the Dragons. Newton was a sophomore and McElroy was a senior when they led the Dragons to the 2005 Class 5A Division II state championship.

"He was a great leader," Newton said. "He had a great arm, he could put the ball anywhere in high school. He never underthrew somebody, overthrew somebody, it was usually on target."

McElroy, a junior for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, took over as starting quarterback this season. After an up-and-down start, he settled down and comes into the title game playing his best football. Newton, a redshirt freshman for the No. 2 Longhorns, was named the starting tailback for the game on Monday. Texas has been waiting for one of their four tailbacks to break out and claim the job outright.