Duke Football BIO
15 Eron Riley
Career: Signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens in April, 2009 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2009 with a degree in sociology and a minor in earth and ocean sciences ... four-year letterwinner at wide receiver ... two time All-ACC selection ... started in 37 consecutive games to end his career ...one of Duke's career receiving leaders, ranking seventh in receptions (144), second in yards (2,413), third in touchdowns (22) and tied for third with six 100-yard receiving games ... holds the school record with Thaddeus Lewis for most touchdown passes between a quarterback and wide receiver with 19 in their career ... set the single season record for yards per catch, averaging 20.8 yards per reception in 2007 ... holds a single game record with four touchdown receptions at Navy in 2007 ... also had 235 receiving yards in that game to rank fifth in school history ... finished his career with 11 kick returns for 256 yards, an average of 23.3 yards per return.
2008: Returning starting wide receiver ... preseason first team All-ACC selection by Blue Ribbon ... preseason second team All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... charted as the 13th-top wide receiver in the nation by Lindy’s ... exceptional big-play threat ... ranks eighth on the Duke career charts with 1,720 receiving yards and seventh with 14 touchdown catches ... has five career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for fourth in Duke history ... career yards per reception of 20.7 is tops among active wide receivers in the ACC with a minimum 40 career catches ... also ranks third among active ACC players with 1,720 career receiving yards and 14 touchdowns and eighth among active players with 83 career receptions ... holds the school single-season record for average yards per reception with a 20.8 average in 2007 ... has led the ACC in yards per reception in each of the past two seasons ... has caught at least one pass in 29 of his last 30 games dating back to the 2005 campaign ... post-season honors candidate.
2007: Started all 12 games ... named to the All-ACC second team ... received the Carmen Falcone Most Valuable Player Award at the annual team banquet ... team leader with 830 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 40 receptions ... led the ACC and ranked third nationally in yards per reception (20.8) to establish a new school single-season record, eclipsing the previous mark of 20.7 set by Chris Castor in 1982 ... ranked second in the ACC in receiving touchdowns (9), fourth in receiving yards per game (69.2), fifth in receiving yards (830) and ninth in scoring (4.5 ppg.) ... the nine touchdown catches rank sixth on Duke’s single-season list and ranked 30th in the NCAA ... with nine touchdowns on 40 receptions, ranked sixth in the country with a .225 touchdown per catch average ... the 830 receiving yards marked the eighth-highest total in school history ... recorded 14 catches of 20 or more yards with five going for over 50 yards ... posted one of the top single games at Duke with six receptions for 235 yards and four touchdowns (76, 35, 9, 69) at Navy to earn ACC Player of the Week accolades ... the performance was the sixth 200-yard receiving game in school history and ranks fifth all-time in single-game yards ... it was also the seventh-highest single-game total in the NCAA in 2007 ... the four touchdown receptions matched the school record held by Corey Thomas against Georgia Tech in 1997 and were tied for the eighth-most by any player in the NCAA in 2007 ... tallied eight receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns (68, 2) against Wake Forest ... caught three passes for 74 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown, at Georgia Tech ... registered a 31-yard touchdown catch at Miami ... grabbed two passes for 47 yards and one touchdown against Clemson ... posted four receptions at both Virginia and Northwestern ... had at least one catch in all 12 games with two or more catches in 11 contests ... played a total of 730 snaps with 611 on offense and 119 on special teams ... registered 60 or more plays in five games, including a season-high 84 snaps at North Carolina ... chosen as a game captain for the Northwestern and Miami contests.
2006: Started all 12 games ... caught 32 passes for 643 yards and three touchdowns ... led Duke in receiving yards ... paced the ACC in yards per catch at 20.1 — the highest average at Duke with a minimum of 30 receptions since Chris Castor set the school single-season standard of 20.7 in 1982 ... ranked fourth in the ACC and 79th nationally in receiving yards per game (53.6) ... teamed with Raphael Chestnut and Jomar Wright to become the first set of Duke wide receivers to each have 30 or more catches in a season ... the trio combined for 111 receptions for 1,579 yards and seven touchdowns on the year ... caught a career-high six passes for 110 yards and one touchdown versus Florida State ... had four grabs for a season-high 115 yards against North Carolina ... co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award.
2005: Played in nine games with four starts ... sat out the East Carolina and VMI games ... earned starting assignments versus Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest and North Carolina ... had 11 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns for the year ... averaged a team-best 22.5 yards per reception ... also returned nine kickoffs for a 23.7 average ... had eight receptions for 199 yards over the final three games ... top performance was a four-catch, 130-yard effort at Clemson that included a 66-yard touchdown ... the performance marked the second-highest single-game total by a Duke true freshman, trailing only Walter Jones’ 139-yard game against The Citadel in 1988 ... named a co-recipient of Duke’s Most Improved Offensive Player award.
Prior to Duke: Played at Windsor Forest for Allen Cartwright ... all-region selection by Prep Star ... named the 2004 All-Greater Savannah Area Offensive Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News ... as a senior, caught 34 passes for 381 yards and five TDs ... had 31 catches for 596 yards and three TDs as a junior ... also played basketball.
Personal: Son of Eric and Phyllis Riley ... born August 5, 1987.