"I'm just trying to get myself a chance," Riley said. "I've seen these guys throw, and I know I can throw with the best of any of them. I just hope I get an opportunity, and hopefully I can get a little luck and it works out. If you love football, why not give it a chance when I've got a chance."
The biggest task for Riley on Wednesday was to show the 27 NFL scouts that he was indeed completely healthy.
"A lot of guys didn't know that, or the Cal media group didn't do a good job," Riley joked, ribbing the media relations staff on hand a bit. "A lot of (scouts) were surprised to see me out there, but I tested decently well for what happened. I got a vert(ical leap) over 30 (inches) and a decent shuttle and L-drill, which is all cuts on my knee. I could have done a little better, but it worked out."
Riley is keeping all of his options open, whether they be the NFL, CFL, UFL or even the Arena Football League. For Riley, he's happy just as long as he gets to play somewhere.
"If I get a chance, obviously it's every little kid's dream to play in the NFL, so I'll give it a shot," Riley said. "If I don't, then I'll probably try the CFL or something like that. Football's fun, so why not play it? If you've got a chance, take it."
After the jump the women's team advances to the Pac-10 semifinals, the men's team falls to USC, players talk about their Pro Day experiences, and Ryan Anderson's performances bring a tear to Chris Bosh's eye.
- Ryan Anderson is thriving with the Orlando Magic. He boasts some impressive numbers such as more rebounds per 40 minutes, more points per 40 minutes, more blocks per 40 minutes, better true shooting percentage, and a better player efficiency rating than Chris Bosh. There's no word on whether that made Chris Bosh cry in the Miami locker room.
- The women's team has advanced to the semifinals with an upset against ASU. Despite some quibbles about free throw shooting (the team was a miserable 11-28), Joanne Boyle was thrilled with advancing to the semis.
- The Pac-10 tournament ended quickly for the men's team. Monty and Kamp talk at the post-game press conference.
- Faraudo follows the Bears as they looked like they were going to crush USC, only to be crushed themselves.
- After the loss, the Bears are looking forward to an NIT bid.
- The 10th annual Pac-10 writers survey has some interesting tidbits on Monty's impressive coaching job this season and how Jorge is the most underrated, fun-to-watch player in the conference. The CCTimes has all the totals from the voting.
- In the pre-tournament survey, Monty received more support for his "Coach of the Year" bid. All the guys who voted Sean Miller were rather quiet about their decision.
- Harper Kamp earned a spot on the NABC District 20 (Pac-10) second team.
- Leon Powe's Pac-10 tournament scoring record fell as Klay Thompson scored 43 in WSU's loss to UW.
- Cam Jordan continues to shine for the scouts (and deliver entertaining interviews). Rivals has several quotes from Jordan as he was interviewed. David Seawright interviews Jordan.
- Jeremy Ross put together several impressive performances for the scouts, including a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash. He's hoping to follow the footsteps of Verran Tucker who, despite minimal attention prior to the draft, ended up becoming an important component of the Kansas City offense.
- CSN wraps up all the festivities from Wednesday's Pro Day.
- David Seawright interviews Shane Vereen at Pro Day.
- Seawright puts together all the most interesting stats from the day.
- Seawright has some great photos of Ross doing the broad jump and running the 40.
- More pictures from Seawright.
- After playing in a reserve role until his senior season, Chris Conte is enjoying an improbable rise to an almost-certain NFL Draft pick. JO has more quotes from Conte.