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Texas hires Riley Dodge as offensive assistant
April 17, 2013By David McNabb of VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
Riley Dodge has joined the Texas coaching staff as an offensive quality control assistant uncer Longhorns coach Mack Brown. A former standout Southlake Carroll quarterback, Dodge spent the past season coaching wide receivers as a Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M.
"Thank u A&M!" Riley tweeted Tuesday night. "Couldn't be more blessed to have been part of such an amazing year! WRS keep workin."
Dodge is the son of former Texas quarterback Todd Dodge, currently coaching at Marble Falls in the Hill Country near Austin. Riley was a standout quarterback at Southlake Carroll. From 2005 to 2007. Riley threw for 8,143 yards and a school record 101 TDs. In addition to the 2006 5A State Championship he was given multiple honors including being named as a 2008 Parade All-American and 2-time Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year.
Dodge originally committed to Texas before switching to join his father Todd who began a stint as head coach at North Texas. Riley ended his college career at McNeese State after Todd Dodge left North Texas.
Dodge hasn't been an off-campus recruiter but his deep ties to the state are valuable. When Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill visited Texas A&M, Dodge tourned his friend around campus. Hill signed at A&M to become part of A&M's heralded Class of 2013.
Dodge legacy getting some Aggies ties
July 2012 _ Former Southlake Carroll star quarterback Riley Dodge has accepted a position to become a Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M. Dodge had plans to begin his coaching career at Austin Westlake in August, but accepted a late summer offer from first-year Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin. Dodge confirmed his decision with a tweet and said he’ll be starting Wednesday for the Aggies. A&M will be hosting the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 state tournament next week as well.
Dodge is the son of former Southlake Carroll coach Todd Dodge (a former standout at Port Arhtur Jefferson and Texas.) Riley was a star player for his father to help establish Carroll as a nationally recognized program.
From 2005 to 2007. Riley threw for 8,143 yards and a school record 101 TDs. In addition to the 2006 5A State Championship he was given multiple honors including being named as a 2008 Parade All-American and 2-time Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year.
Riley started his college playing career for his dad at the University of North Texas but later transferred to McNeese (La.) State and graduated this spring. Todd Dodge was hired by the University of North Texas but stayed only three-plus years while compiling a 6-37 while trying to rebuild the program. Dodge coached last season at Pittsburgh under Todd Graham but was hired this spring at Class 4A Marble Falls in The Hill Country just northwest of Austin. Riley worked the 20th Annual Todd Dodge QB/WR Camp in June. Riley also is getting married this summer.
Todd Dodge was a quarterback at the University of Texas in the early 1980s. Riley committed to Texas coach Mack Brown before his senior year but switched to North Texas after his father was hired.
Texas A&M is set for a ground-breaking season with its first season in the SEC after leaving the Big 12 Conference. The Aggies named Coach Sumlin after a disappointing season under highly regarded Mike Sherman. Sumlin arrived from a successful stint at Houston and has strong ties in Texas, his playing (Purdue) and coaching background extends across the country.
Hiring Dodge is the latest in a series of moves to keep A&M highly visible across the state despite not playing regional opponents such as Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. A&M staff already includes assistant David Beaty of Garland, Terry Price of Plano, B.J. Anderson of Van, Clarence McKinney of Houston Yates and Kliff Kingsbury of New Braunfels.
A&M also has its top commitment for the Class of 2013 with Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill, who grew up in Carroll attending Todd Dodge's camps along with Riley.