Blake Riley - 2012
DT 6-1 283 Sr.
Crescent, Ga. (McIntosh County Academy)
JUNIOR (2012): Stalwart on the defensive line, played and started in all 14 games in 2012 and 26 of the last 28 (last non starts Elon & Furman 2011)… Owns current Georgia Southern long streak of 23 games started… Has played in 42 games, same total as teammate Javon Mention, missing only one game in his career in 2010… Won third letter award in 2012… Great technician who moved to nose tackle on defensive line after playing majority of career at tackle and solid at either spot… Eagle teammates respect his toughness and resiliency… Shows good escape ability and has better-than-good motor getting to the football… Recorded most tackles of any defensive lineman in spring game with five… Posted second-highest tackles total among returners with 45 (20u, 25a)… Set career best with first double-digit tackle total of his career with 10 (4u, 6a) vs. Wofford… seven (3u, 4a) coming in second half including a tackle for loss (-2 yards)… Combined with Brent Russell on four assisted tackles to clog up the middle against Terrier rushing game ... Helped defense prevent a single Terrier touchdown and held SoCon Offensive Player of the Year Eric Breitenstein to season’s lowest rushing total in a NCAA Division I game… Tied for team lead with five total tackles (3u, 2a) against Appalachian State… Teamed with Brent Russell on sack of Catamount QB for loss of five yards to go along with a solo tackle and two assists… Had four total tackles (2s, 2a) vs. Central Arkansas splitting tackle for loss with John Stevenson… Tallied three solo tackles in playoff win over Old Dominion with all in second half… Had two solo tackles and an assist at both Georgia and Chattanooga… Paired up with Lavelle Westbrooks to stifle Elon’s initial drive …Recorded at least one tackle in every game with two total tackles against Jacksonville (2a), The Citadel (2a), Elon (1u, 1a) and Samford (1u, 1a)… Member of the Eagle Football team’s Leadership Council for 2013-14.
SOPHOMORE (2011): Played in all 14 games with 12 starts at defensive tackle... Started the first three games and the last nine games of the season... Finished with 24 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss... Also posted a half sack, one pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble in the Western Carolina (9/24) game... Made a season-high four tackles against Old Dominion (12/3) in the FCS Playoffs.
FRESHMAN (2010): Appeared in 14 games... Finished with 12 tackles... Made five solo stops and seven assists... Tallied multiple tackles in three games.
PREP: Three-year starter for Buccaneers team that advanced to state playoffs... first-team All-Region 2AA as a junior... second-team All-Region 2AA for offensive and defensive line as a senior... WTOC Super 11 selection in 2009... most valuable defensive lineman as a junior and senior... recorded 15 sacks over last two seasons... coaches award winner as a senior... team captain as a junior and senior... played for Coach Robby Robinson... earned most improved player honors after his sophomore year.
PERSONAL: Born Blake Alexander Riley on November 30, 1991 in Brunswick, Ga. ... nickname is "Kojak"... most treasured possession is his car because it was given to him by a family member... favorite color is green... favorite food is pizza... favorite movie is "Bad Boys II"... writes "my mother Alexandria Riley has had the biggest influence on my life because she has been there for every step of the way through the good and the bad."
MAJOR: Business Administration.