DENTON, Texas (4/6/09) Today MeanGreenSports.com finishes up our position-by-position breakdown of the North Texas football team in the spring and where it’s headed in the fall. Yesterday it was the running backs and safeties, today we talk about the quarterback position. E-mail Q&A are at the bottom.
Much has been made about the prospects of Riley Dodge being the future of the quarterback position at North Texas and this year will give the Mean Green faithful their first look into the crystal ball.
Dodge has assumed the role that was created with the departure of Giovanni Vizza and spent the entire spring season working with the first team offense.
Dodge undoubtedly knows the system that his father runs, having spent all of his prep days leading an identical offense to unprecedented success in the Texas high school ranks. How quickly he can pick up the nuances and the speed of the college game will be the big question for Dodge, who has benefitted from spending the fall and spring season becoming accustomed to his new role.
Junior Nathan Tune has been at North Texas for three years and has the experience and poise of a veteran leader. Tune has developed nicely in the spread offense and will be a competent replacement for Dodge if duty calls. Tune has seen action as a replacement the past two years and the elder Dodge feels comfortable with him in the huddle if need be.
Redshirt freshman Chase Baine had a nice high school career at nearby Lake Dallas, and spent the spring season adding depth to the young unit. Transfer Steven Schwarck walked on to the team this spring and will add to the numbers heading into fall.
The coaching staff is also very high on true freshman Derek Thompson of Glen Rose High School, who will join the team for fall practice.
Kutter from Weatherford
Q: I was a deep snapper in high school and know how important the position is. What is the ability and depth at your deep snapper position?
A: One of the most underrated positions on the field, the deep snapper. Nobody notices them until something goes wrong. Fortunatley for North Texas that position is deep. Christian Davidson is going to be back for his senior season after battling through an injury filled one last year. Behind Davidson is Troy Kokjohn who did some deep snapping last year and has gotten most of the reps this spring.
Johnie from The Woodlands
Q: With all the talent at running back do you think Cam will get enough carriers to break 1000 yards.
A: Good question but I think so. 1,000 yards seasons aren’t too difficult if you figure that you need to average 85 yards a game. He has looked so good in spring ball that’s going into the year it’s hard to see how he wouldn’t.
Now he does play with a lot of talent behind him but getting the ball into the hands of Dunbar, Hamilton, Mathis, and Mosley is something that I think Coach Dodge will want to do simply because he has emphasized ball distribution this spring. I think before the year’s out Cam will be one of the top backs in the league, if not the best.