LAKE CHARLES - There will be no two-quarterback system for McNeese State this week.
Head coach Matt Viator ruled out Riley Dodge for this Saturday’s game at Northwestern State because of an injury suffered last Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. Viator did not elaborate on the nature of the injury.
“Riley’s out. He will not play this week,” Viator said. “Other than that, I do not want to elaborate.”
However, when talking about this week’s injuries as a whole - running back Champlain Babin, safety Ford Smesny and linebacker Joe Narcisse were all dinged up in the game - Viator said he believed “nothing was season-ending.”
Dodge was hit hard against the Lions, most noticeably when defensive lineman Devin Boutwell body slammed Dodge to the ground after getting faked out by him on a Marcus Wiltz option run for a touchdown. Boutwell was flagged for a personal foul on the play and Dodge got up gingerly.
Dodge also took a hard hit on his next and final possession that resulted in a fumble.
Injuries are not a new development in the hard-knock career of the former Texas prep star.
He had a season-ending concussion that granted him a medical redshirt for his freshman season at North Texas. He dealt with a separated shoulder, sprained ankle and broken arm as a redshirt freshman. Last season he broke his wrist against Louisiana-Lafayette last season and suffered a neck injury in the season finale against Kansas State.
Dodge had been sharing snaps with starter Cody Stroud, and was substituted into some third-and-short and fourth-and-short situations against SLU. He’s 15 of 25 for 178 yards and a touchdown this year, and has rushed for 107 yards on 27 carries.
True freshman Tyler Bolfing is Stroud’s backup, and walk-on Garrett McCain from Sulphur is the third-stringer. Former Central player Will Briscoe, who was expected to be the Cowboys’ No. 3 quarterback this year, was lost for the season when he injured his knee near the end of training camp.