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Football: Riley on Manning list

Cal quarterback Kevin Riley has been named to the watch list for the Manning Award, given annually to the nation’s best signal-caller.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • covinared

    Kevin Riley, best in the nation. wouldn’t that be something? not likely, not impossible. he has the physical tools.

  • Boaltblue

    Riley’s actual numbers are closely aligned with those put up by Washington’s Jake Locker and Stanford’s Andrew Luck, both of whom are highly touted. However, Locker has not won as many games as Riley. In terms of inconsistent play, Luck’s 10 for 30 passes, including the game-losing interception, at the Big Game demonstrate that he should carry that “inconsistent in big games” label.

    Last year the Cal O-line surrendered 30 sacks and the receivers dropped far too many passes. If the O-line and receivers do their jobs, Riley’s statistics and Cal’s win-loss record will greatly improve.

    Both Riley and the remaining Cal team need to play to their potential and we will have a very good season.

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Dude. Did you compare Riley to Locker and Luck? Luck was a freshman. And Locker is likely to the # 1 overall draft pick. I don’t see a comparison between them. I think Riley is a good QB, but I actually think those other two are great QBs.

  • Boaltblue

    Juancho:

    I also read that Locker is touted and predicted as the overall #1 pick in the NFL draft. I do not put much weight on the opinions of the sports pundits as the same experts thought Taylor Mays and Jimmy Clausen were first round draft picks and we know the pundits were wrong.

    As for the actual numbers, Locker played two full seasons in 2007 and 2009, and played just a little in 2008. In those three years, Washington won a total of 9 games, 4 in 2007, 0 in 2008, and 5 in 2009. Locker has never taken UW to a bowl game. In his career, Locker completed 435 of 816 passes or 53%, 36 TDs, and 26 INTs. Only if Locker produces stats and wins this season, will I jump on his bandwagon.

    Luck had a good year as a freshman. Luck completed 162 of 288 passes or 56%, 13 TDs, 4 INTs. His team won 8 games and lost 5 games. He choked big time in the Big Game. Whether he improves during his remaining college football career remains to be seen.

    Riley played great, but very little in 2007. Riley shared duties with Nate Longshore in 2008. Riley started every game in 2009. Riley has 15 wins and 8 losses as a starter. In his career, Riley completed 357 of 659 passes or 54%, 37 TDs, 15 INTs.

    The contention of my comment was that Riley’s actual career numbers were competitive with the actual performance of Locker and Luck. In other words, if you measure actual performance, Riley is no second fiddle to Locker or Luck.

    If you were a Huskies fan and had to suffer through Locker’s losses over the years, you might feel more negative about Locker. Really, what has Locker done to be the #1 NFL draft pick? The argument could be made that Luck and Riley have actually PERFORMED better than Locker.

    As a longtime Cal fan, I will stick with Riley as my QB. I believe that Riley will shine if the O-line and receivers do their jobs.

    In any event, we should compare performance numbers of these three QBs in January after the season is over.

    Go Bears!