Ronnie Riley's Preseason Diary
Has returned for a fifth year after an unexpected hardship injury season ... Had reconstructive knee surgery last September and a follow-up surgery in the winter ... Sat out spring practice but is expected to be at full speed in August ... Bracketed with Dustin Williams as the starter at an inside linebacker ... Team co-captain last season who is an emotional, vocal leader for the team ... Has finished his bachelor’s degree in decision science and information systems ... Plans to begin master’s work in the same field during the fall ... Has played in 33 regular-season games, starting five.
2001 (Senior): Sustained a season-ending knee injury in the season opener ... Had made 10 tackles in the game before the injury ... Received a medical hardship and retained his final season of eligibility ... Team co-captain along with Dougie Allen ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2000 (Junior): Played in all 11 games, seeing more playing time as the season progressed … Started the last five games at outside linebacker … Totaled 23 tackles … Had a season high of six stops, including a quarterback sack, vs. Vanderbilt. 1999 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams … Made six tackles, with a season high of two stops in the win over Arkansas.
1998 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker and also saw some action at strong safety ... Made 18 tackles, including three for loss (-7) ... Top game was five tackles, with one for loss, against Eastern Kentucky ... Played well in the Outback Bowl with five tackles, including one for a five-yard loss, and caused a fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats.
High School: Two-year starter at Judson HS in Converse, Tex., a perennial power in the rugged Class 5A ranks ... Played linebacker as a senior and totaled 161 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, four pass breakups, three fumbles caused, and three fumble recoveries ... Named first-team all-district and All-San Antonio and was honorable mention all-state ... Named the Defensive Player of the Week three times by the San Antonio Express-News ... Played tight end as a junior, making 12 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns ... Was chosen second-team all-district ... Judson HS won the state championship his sophomore season and was state runner-up as a junior ... Coached by D. W. Rutledge ... Three-year letterman in track ... Participated in the triple jump and 400-meter run ... Member of the National Honor Society and the school’s Media Club and Latin Club ... Ronnie’s final choices included Purdue, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
Personal: Full name is Ronnie Wayne Riley, Jr. ... Born 6-29-80 in Hampton, Va. ... Son of Ronnie, Sr., and Janet Riley ... Ronnie, Jr.’s uncle, Felton Farrow, played football and ran track at Ohio State ... Major is decision science and information systems.
The Cats’ Cause: Helped work the Micro City Government Youth Lock-In (1999-2000) … Participated in the mentor program, meeting with a youngster each week to encourage academic success and personal growth (1999-2000 and 2000-01) ... Participated in a service event at the UK Children’s Hospital (2002).
Riley Career Statistics Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. PBU 1998 LB/SS 11-0 18 3-7 0 2 1999 Linebacker 10-0 6 0 0 0 2000 Linebacker 11-5 23 1-4 1-4 0 2001 Linebacker 1-1 10 1-2 0 0 Totals 33-5 57 5-13 1-4 2