UNT QB Dodge moves to receiver

North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge is moving to receiver.

Dodge, who was the starting quarterback last season, has had reoccurring problems with his throwing arm and thought this would be the best move to help the team.

UNT coach Todd Dodge told ESPNDallas.com that the decision was made after an MRI this week revealed damage to the ulnar nerve.

Riley Dodge, the coach’s son, suffered a third-degree separation of his right shoulder on the final play of his high school career in 2007 and broke his right forearm during North Texas’ 2009 season finale against Arkansas State.

Senior Nathan Tune and sophomore Derek Thompson will compete for the starting quarterback position.

Todd Dodge entered the spring season knowing that it might be his last if he doesn’t produce a winning campaign. The Mean Green have won just five games in Todd Dodge’s three seasons. But Dodge came into spring practices optimistic since he returned 19 players with starting experience and felt like there was finally some continuity within his team. He was especially excited about his receiving corps, which returned its top six receivers.

Riley Dodge played receiver during his first season at UNT and caught nine passes for 59 yards. He suffered a concussion during the fourth game and received a medical redshirt.

Both Tune and Thompson have game experience. Tune completed 69 of 107 passes for 646 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in six games as the backup last season.

Thompson had his redshirt pulled in the final game of last season when both Dodge and Tune were injured. He completed all three of his passes for 60 yards and a score.