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.