Mean Green lose QB, C, WR in defeat

At least nine North Texas players have suffered season-ending injuries during the Mean Green's 0-3 start.

Three key players were added to the injury list during Saturday's 24-0 loss to Army. Quarterback Derek Thompson (broken leg), center Nick Leppo (torn ACL) and wide receiver Chris Bynes (torn Achilles tendon) were lost for the season.

Thompson, a sophomore injured while scrambling, was making his first career start. He replaced senior Nathan Tune, who will miss at least six weeks and probably the rest of the season after suffering a dislocated right hip during last week's 32-31 loss to Rice.

That means Riley Dodge has returned to the starting quarterback role.

Dodge, the son of head coach Todd Dodge, started as a redshirt freshman last season but moved to receiver in the spring because of persistent elbow pain. He'll need Tommy John surgery for his throwing arm to get completely healthy.

UNT is also down to its third-string center. Leppo replaced J.J. Johnson, who suffered a season-ending foot injury last week.

The other UNT players whose seasons ended prematurely are cornerback Chris Neal (ankle), cornerback Steven Ford (ankle), wide receiver Benny Jones (ankle), H-back Micah Mosley (foot) and H-back Greg Brown (knee). All were on the Mean Green's two-deep roster.

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