"We lost a bunch of player off the 2008 team," said A.L. Brown running back Travis Riley. "I think some people were expecting us to have a down year but that wasn't the case. We had a tough non-conference schedule but won 3 of our first 4. Then we went on to win the conference and finished 11-3 and made it to the 3rd round of the playoffs."
A huge reason for the team's success was the running of Riley. The junior tailback has a spectacular season, running for 1,924 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also had 255 yards and 2 additional touchdowns receiving.
What makes Riley such a productive back? "I am a real downhill runner. I get a lot of yards after contact. I also increased my speed and am able to hit the corner when I need to."
Recruiting has picked up lately for the talented junior as he is hearing from multiple Division I schools. "I was at Duke for junior day last weekend. I went to Wake Forest recently as well. I am also hearing from Western Carolina and Elon."
Riley enjoyed his trip to Wake Forest and learned a lot about the Demon Deacon program. "Wake has a really nice campus. I like the staff there a lot. They seem to really take care of their players both on and off the field. They have great academics as well."
Riley plans to keep an open mind with the recruiting process and does not anticipate making a decision anytime soon. He plans to attend spring games at both Duke and Wake Forest.