Written by Brett Vito
Broken wrist sidelines North Texas QB Riley Dodge
DENTON - North Texas will probably be down to its fourth quarterback Saturday when it hosts Arkansas State after Riley Dodge was diagnosed with a broken left wrist Monday morning.
Dodge was injured in the first quarter of UNT's loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday but finished the game. UNT's medical staff later decided the injury to his non-throwing arm needed to be examined further.
An X-ray and MRI confirmed that a bone in Dodge's wrist was broken.
There is a chance Dodge will need surgery to put a pin in the bone in his arm, which would put his availability for the rest of the season in doubt.
"We don't know what he will have to wear," UNT coach Todd Dodge said. "I suspect he will be in a hard cast by the end of the day. We don't know if he will have to have surgery or not."
The loss of Dodge was the latest blow for UNT, which is still dealing with the death of wide receiver Josh Rake in a car accident on Friday and a rash of injuries.
UNT has lost 12 starters to serious injuries, including its top three quarterbacks. Nathan Tune opened the season as the starter but suffered a dislocated hip and was lost for the season. UNT then lost backup Derek Thompson when he broke his leg.
UNT will begin preparing today for its game against ASU with Chase Baine of Lake Dallas as its starting quarterback.
The sophomore has yet to throw a pass in a college game.
"I don't believe we will have to alter a whole bunch," Todd Dodge said. "Chase went through spring ball and got quality reps. He has actually had more reps at quarterback the last six months than Riley did."