DURHAM, N.C. --- North Carolina pledge Jordon Riley returned to the football field on Friday, after missing the first five games of his senior season nursing a foot fracture.
"Ever since I got injured, it's been on my mind coming back," Riley said. "[Friday] I woke up with a brand new attitude. I just tried not to think about [my injury] during the game."
Although he was understandably not yet in football shape, Riley had an impressive debut, while Riverside High lost to crosstown rival Northern High, 9-8. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle officially made eight tackles, including two for a loss and a sack. He also hit the QB three times.
"[My play was] average," Riley said. "I didn't play how I wanted to play. Also, [I've have to get] into shape. I think I could have played better. And I think next week when I play against Cardinal Gibbons, it will be better."
In June, Riley fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot while participating in Fedora's Freak Show.