35  Teofilo Riley
Teofilo Riley

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

High School:
Central HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215

Position:
Running Back


A returning three year letterman who moved over the 1,000 yard career rushing mark in 1998 ... Now has 1,364 career yards rushing and ranks 13th on the Tigers' all-time rushing list ...Has scored 10 career rushing touchdowns and has three 100-yard performances ... Riley and Arnold combined to rush for over 100 yards each in the Arkansas State game marking the first time two Tiger backs had gained over 100 yards in a single game since Jeff Womack and Punkin Williams achieved the feat against Louisville in 1983 ...

1998: Sharing playing time with starter Gerard Arnold, Riley returned to freshman form from 1996 and rushed 485 yards including two 100-yard performances ... Had back-to-back 100-yard games against Arkansas State and Louisville ... After playing sparingly in the first three games of the season rushed for 35 yards in the Houston game ... Also caught one pass for 22 yards against the Cougars ... Rushed for 67 yards and one touchdown in win over Cincinnati ... Ran 17 times for 152 yards and two scores in the Louisville contest and pounded out 190 and two scores in win over Arkansas State ... His 190 yards in the ASU game ranks as the fourth highest single game total in Memphis football history ... His 55-yard scamper against Arkansas State marked a season and career for Riley ... Was the second-leading rusher for the Tigers in 1998 and moved over the 1,000 yard mark for his career ... Finished the 1998 season with 78 carries for 485 yards and six touchdowns ... His six scores tied Gerard Arnold for the most TDs in 1998 ... Averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 1998 to lead all Tiger backs ... Sustained a broken bone in his foot during spring practice and missed all of spring drills ... Underwent surgery to have a pin placed in the bone to speed healing ... Is expected to be able to rehabilitate in summer and be ready for fall camp ...

1997: A returning letterwinner who appeared in all 11 games ... Entered the season struggling with a hamstring pull ... Had 31 yards rushing in the opener against Mississippi State ... Gained 74 yards on the ground in the Tigers' win over Alabama-Birmingham ... Ran for a season high 83 yards and one touchdown in the Michigan State game ... Had 59 yards on 11 attempts in the victory over Arkansas State ... Finished the season as the team's second leading rusher ... Gained 307 yards on 79 attempts in 1997 ... Averaged 3.9 yards per carry ...

1996: Led the team in rushing with 572 yards on 145 attempts ... Averaged 3.9 yards per carry as a freshman and scored three rushing touchdowns ... Entered the Mississippi State game for his first career action and gained 75 yards on 14 rushes ... Also had one pass reception for 19 yards against the Bulldogs ... Had 20 carries for 62 yards and one touchdown in leading Memphis to a victory over Missouri ... Did not enter the Missouri game until the third quarter ... Had 19 carries for 92 yards in the win over Tulane and came back the following week with 33 yards and two touchdowns in come-from-behind win over Cincinnati ... Rushed 17 times for 83 yards in the Houston game and caught three passes for 86 yards and one touchdown ... His touchdown in the Astrodome came on a 82-yard pass from Qadry Anderson and was the Tigers' long pass play of the season ... The 82-yard play was named the AT&T Long Distance Pass Play of the Week ... Broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time in his college career against Southwestern Louisiana ... Gained 119 yards on 25 rushes against the Ragin' Cajuns ... Was ranked sixth in Conference USA in rushing averaging 57.2 yards per game ... Was ranked eighth in C-USA in all-purpose yards averaging 72.9 yards per game ...

Prep: Considered one of the top recruits in Memphis and the Mid-South his senior year ... Despite being injured and missing part of the 1995 season, he rushed for 773 yards and nine touchdowns ... Was named to the Associated Press All-State team ... Named to Max Emfinger's Top Prospects List ... Named to Athlon Magazine's Southeastern Blue Chips List ... Was named to the Knoxville News Sentinel's Top 25 Recruits list (#6) ... Was a member of the Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps Class 5A All-Metro team in 1995 ... Was named to the Chattanooga-Times Super 11 Team as the number five prospect in the state ... Was named to the Chattanooga Free-Press Top 25 List as the number eight prospect in the state ... Appeared in just six games in 1994 and rushed for 732 yards on 64 attempts ... Had 18 rushing touchdowns in 1994 ... Averaged 11.4 yards per carry and 122.0 yards per game in 1994 ... Was ranked seventh in the city in rushing in 1994 despite playing in just six games ... His 11.4 yard per carry average led the city preps ... Led District 5A in scoring with 18 touchdowns ... Had four 100 yard rushing games as a junior ... Gained 204 yards rushing against Melrose and 189 against Horn Lake ... Was named to the 1994 All-Shelby Metro Team ... As a sophomore he played in nine games and gained 1,001 yards on 138 attempts ... Averaged 112.0 yards per game and 7.3 yards per carry in 1993 ... Had six consecutive 100-yard rushing games in 1993 ... Had 170 yards against CBHS and 140 yards in the Fairley game ... Was named to the All-Shelby Metro Team in 1993 ... Career statistics at Central High School were 302 rushes for 2,506 yards and 41 touchdowns ...

Born: 6/3/78 ... Is the son of T.C. and Geurece Riley ... Played for coach Al Cates at Central High.

RILEY'S STATISTICS

RushingG/SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
199610/71455723.9322
199711/2793073.9122
199811/0784856.2655
Total32/930213644.51055
ReceivingG/SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
199610/71215713.1182
199711/2133.003
199811/022512.5022
Total32/91518512.3182
Total OffG/SRushPassPlaysYds/GYds/P
199610/7572014557.23.9
199711/230707930.73.9
199811/048507844.16.2
Total32/91364030242.64.5

RILEY'S CAREER HIGHS
Most Rushes/Game: 25 vs SW Louisiana ('96)
Most Rush Yds/Game: 190 vs Arkansas State ('98)
Longest Run: 55 vs Louisville ('98)
Most Rushing Touchdowns/Game: 2 vs ASU & Louisville (?98)
Most Receptions/Game: 4 vs Southern Miss (?96)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 86 vs Houston (?96)
Longest Pass Reception: 82 vs Houston (?96)
Most Touchdown Receptions/Game: 1 vs Houston (?96)
Most Total Plays/Game: 26 vs Southwestern Louisiana (?96)
Most Total Yards/Game: 190 vs Arkansas State (?98)

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