, (born January 27
) is the starting quarterback
for the California Golden Bears
, a college football
team for the University of California Berkeley
. He is a redshirt
Riley's hometown is Portland, Oregon
and he attended Beaverton High School
. He was considered the top player in Oregon as a senior by Rivals.com and SuperPrep magazine. He was named Portland metro area player of the year after passing for 2,580 yards with just six interceptions on 239 attempts. He was team MVP and Vice President of his class as a junior and senior.
Riley made his first career start for the injured Nate Longshore
in California's homecoming game against Oregon State
. Riley passed for 294 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed for a touchdown but California lost the game when he scrambled instead of throwing the ball away to set up a field goal to tie the game, but Riley can be credited for putting Cal in a situation to win after being down 31-21 late in the fourth quarter. Riley took over for Longshore in the second quarter of the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl
. He passed for 269 yard, 3 touchdowns, and rushed for a touchdown, helping the Bears turn a 21-0 deficit into a victory. Riley was the game's MVP.
Riley competed with Longshore for the starting quarterback job, winning the position for the first four games. He lead the Bears to wins over Michigan State
at home, throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He only played during the first half of the Bears' 66-3 rout of Washington State
, which allowed the backup players to get some starting time. The win resulted in the Bears breaking into the Top 25 at #23, but they were upset in College Park, Maryland
on September 13
by the unranked Maryland Terrapins
. With the Bears' offense stifled by the Terrapins' defense for three quarters, Riley threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for 423 yards on 58 attempts, a school record for the most pass attempts. Two weeks later, he started against Colorado State
at home on September 27
, during which he threw for 59 yards and one touchdown pass. With Cal up 21-0, Nate Longshore stepped in at quarterback in the third quarter and threw for two touchdowns in the fourth. This resulted in the starting quarterback position being reopened by head coach Jeff Tedford
for the following week against Arizona State
on October 4
. Longshore was picked as the starter and led the Bears to a 24-14 victory.
Riley's parents are Rhonda and Faustin Riley. He plans to major in business.