Kevin Riley Named Starting Quarterback For Season-Opener
Aug. 24, 2009
BERKELEY - California head coach Jeff Tedford announced Kevin Riley as the starting quarterback for the Golden Bears' season-opener versus Maryland on September 5 during a post-practice session with media at Memorial Stadium on Monday.
'Kevin Riley is going to be the starter,' Tedford said. 'They've all played really well, and we feel very fortunate to be in a position to have three quality quarterbacks. But, Kevin is experienced with game situations and the offense. He's been more accurate and consistent throwing the ball. It's evident by all the things going on at the line of scrimmage that Kevin is comfortable with the amount of offense that goes in every day. He's used to game-planning and does a nice job with that.'
'I'm going to try to make this team the best possible,' Riley added. 'We have weapons on offense, and we're going to be a tough team to guard. Hopefully, I can just run the offense as best as possible.'
Riley started nine games for the Golden Bears a year ago and has made 10 starts in his career at Cal. A year ago, he completed 112-of-221 passes for 1,360 yards and connected on 14 touchdown passes with only six interceptions. His career passing totals are 148-of-277 for 1,923 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
In his first career start against Oregon State in 2007, he filled in for injured starter Nate Longshore and completed 20-of-34 passes for a season-high 294 yards and two TDs. He also led the Bears to a 42-36 victory over Air Force in the 2007 Armed Forced Bowl after entering the game early in the second quarter with a 21-0 deficit, completing 16-of-19 passes for 269 yards and three TDs to earn the bowl's MVP honors.
He began the 2008 campaign as the team's starter and completed 17-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opener against Michigan State. He later set a school record with 58 pass attempts at Maryland, when he also accumulated the fourth-most passing yards in a game in Cal history (423) and the most in the Pac-10 in 2008, while also throwing a career-high-tying three TD strikes. He equaled his career high with three touchdown tosses in the 2008 Big Game against Stanford.
Cal is in the midst of its 2009 training camp that continues through August 29 with that day's practice followed by Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium from noon-2 p.m. All practices are closed to the public.
The Golden Bears 2009 season-opener is now less than two weeks away with a nationally televised ESPN2 contest against Maryland at Memorial Stadium scheduled for Saturday, September 5 (7 p.m.). Cal fans are encouraged to participate in a Blue Out in the season-opener. The best way to show your support is to pick up the Cal 2009 Football Official Game Day Tee. For more information, visit CalBears.com/Blueout.
'I can't wait,' said Riley about the team's season-opener. 'Football is one sport where you play 14 games in a season and wait eight months to play another one. I'm ready and excited.'
For 2009 Cal football tickets, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS.
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