One of the things he didn't have to worry about, however was his defense, which brings back a lot of experience from a unit that anchored the team last year. Although Dodge did switch the defensive scheme, changing from a 3-4 to a 4-3, the defense shouldn't be hurt since they have players that are ready and willing to implement the shift in philosophy. Leading the way on defense will be safety Aaron Weathers and linebacker Maurice Holman who are the team's top two returning tacklers.
Running back Jamario Thomas hopes to make his senior season his most memorable after struggling through the past two seasons with injuries. Thomas has slimmed down some to prepare himself to run in the spread offense where he will need to be shifty and quicker than the straight downhill-style runner he was when he had 7 blockers in front of him. He is a little over 1,200 yards away from passing former teammate Patrick Cobbs' school career rushing record. True freshman Micah Mosley, however, will look to get his rushes in as he will backup Thomas.
On special teams, punter Spencer Truman returns with quite a bit of swagger after averaging over 40 yards a punt last year and newcomer Thomas Moreland will handle the kicking. North Texas will have to rely on some untested returners though, as last years returners have both left. Hoping to fill the gap will be Sophomore Antoine Bush and Junior Evyn Roman.
While Todd Dodge will be coming into his D-I head coaching college debut against a ridiculously tough Bob Stoops-led Oklahoma Sooner team, hopes are high that the game will be a good battle showcasing Dodge's new schemes and team hopes to fulfill the fans expectations for this first game and the rest of the season.