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Riley Dodge commits to McNeese State

Former North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge has committed to McNeese State, his father said in a text message.

Dodge decided to transfer from UNT last week, saying he intended to go to a Football Championship Subdivision school to continue playing quarterback. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will begin classes at his new school next week.

McNeese State, which went 6-5 last season, has qualified for the FCS playoffs in 13 of the last 17 seasons and played in the national championship game twice.

Dodge, the two-time Class 5A offensive player of the year at Southlake Carroll High, threw for 3,187 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 754 yards during his injury-plagued career at UNT. His decision to transfer came months after his father, Todd, was fired with a 6-37 record as the Mean Green's head coach.

"It just came down to me getting a fresh start," Dodge said last week. "I'm very grateful for what North Texas has done for me."