Newest LB Perry Riley is expected to move into the ILB position. He was a freshman at LSU when Laron Landry was a Senior and has 4 years experience as a Special Teams player. The Redskins have some holes to fill there with the loss of ST Captain Rock Cartwright, and of course moving to a 3-4 they need more LBs. I think we all wanted Bruce Campbell, the OT from Maryland, but Peter King brought up an interesting point, which may have showed up on tape and ultimately been the reason Shanahan passed on him:
Peter King: Biggest knock on Bruce Campbell is he got zero votes for all-ACC first team at tackle. If you're a great player, that doesn't happen.
Riley was rarely overshadowed and was highly productive at LSU. In two seasons as a starter (2008-09) he racked up 157 tackles (77 solos), the second most over that time period by an LSU player.
Riley played the weak-side linebacker position for the Tigers but projects to make a switch inside at the next level. Riley can take on blockers and possesses the strength and size to move to middle linebacker in the NFL.
Season by season accolades and stats after the jump...
YEAR PBU QBH INT FF 2006 2007 2008 13-9 37 23 60 7.0-23 1.5-9 3 3 1-17 0 1-0 2009 13-13 40 57 97 4.5-13 0-0 5 2 1-0 1 1-0 Totals
Named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, presented annually to college football's top linebacker ...
Ranked second on the team and eighth in the Southeastern Conference with 97 tackles (40 solo), including 4.5 stops for losses of 13 yards ...
His average of 7.5 tackles per game ranked 10th in the SEC ...
Forced one fumble and recovered another ... Intercepted one pass and deflected five others, including one on a third-down attempt ...
A finalist for the 2008 Butkus Award and Defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Riley added another 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, going on to start nine of the 13 games he played in at strong-side linebacker ...
Registered 60 tackles (37 solo) with 1.5 sacks for minus-9 yards, three QB pressures and seven stops for losses of 23 yards ... Recovered a fumble and returned an interception 17 yards ...
Riley's performance inside the box helped the Tigers finish 17th in the nation in rush defense, allowing only 110.15 yards per game.
Riley added over 10 pounds to his frame since the end of the 2006 season, going on to play in 14 games behind veteran Luke Sanders at the "Buck" (strong-side outside linebacker) ...
Recorded 24 tackles (nine solos) with an assisted sack for minus-6 yards and 1.5 stops for losses totaling 10 yards ...
Playing for the Tigers' coverage unit, he delivered 14 of his tackles, tops on the squad ...
As a true freshman, Riley appeared in seven games, seeing action mostly on special teams ...
Understudied behind Ali Highsmith at the "Buck" position ...
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