Name: Sean Riley
Position: Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Hometown: Playa del Rey, Calif.
High School: Narbonne
2017 stats: Riley proved that he can be an x-factor on both offense and special teams for the Syracuse Orange. He ranked 12th in the country with 842 combined return yards, and while he only had eight catches last season, later in the season he started seeing the field more as a true vertical threat to be respected by defenses.
2018 projections: His return game has now earned national recognition, being named to the Paul Hornug Award Watch List. As John previewed earlier this offseason, there’s so much production being lost, Riley will have an opportunity to shine. I’m sure the staff shares my sentiments in hoping he takes the leap this year from useful tool to full on weapon.
How’d he get here?: Riley was recruited by a bunch of your West Coast usuals; Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, Wyoming and San Diego State. He ultimately flipped from Arizona to Syracuse.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars, 24/7 sports called him the no. 32 all-purpose back in the 2016 class.
Money Quote: Listen, if you aren’t hyped already about Riley’s potential, let’s let Dino get you going.
“When it comes to Sean Riley, he’s an explosive player,” Babers said. “You couldn’t hide his talents, regardless of how big he is.
Twitter feed: @seankriley
Tweets of wonder: Gimme that Blue Steel.
What movie would Dino Babers recommend for him?: The Mighty Ducks. One, because it’s just a great film. Two, Shaun Weiss plays Goldberg. Goldberg is the goalie and probably the most fun to watch in the entire movie.
Interesting nugget o’interest: ICYMI, he’s fast. There are very unconfirmed results from high school that say he runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.
Let’s get a good look at ya: Here he is talking about last year’s LSU contest.