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    Bernard Riley
    Bernard Riley

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Los Alamitos, Calif.

    High School:
    Los Alamitos

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 315

    Position:
    DT

    Birthdate:
    01/12/1981

    Experience:
    3V

    2002:
    After serving as a backup nose tackle for USC's first 6 games, Riley started the last 7 contests (the first 3 of those at nose tackle and the final 4 at defensive tackle) and performed admirably. Overall in 2002 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 25 tackles, including 1 for a loss (a 1-yard sack), plus a deflection and a blocked field goal. He had 4 tackles against Iowa in the Orange Bowl (he also blocked a field goal and had a deflection) and at UCLA and 3 against Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Notre Dame. He missed 2002 spring practice while recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the 2001 season. He was invited to play in the 2003 Hula Bowl.

    2001:
    After starting 7 games in 2000 at a defensive tackle spot, Riley started USC's first 5 contests of his 2001 junior season at nose tackle until he tore ligaments in his right knee at Washington and was sidelined for the rest of the year. Overall in 2001 in those 5 games, he had 26 tackles, including 5 for losses of 11 yards (with a 2-yard sack), 1 fumble recovery, 1 deflection and 1 interception that he returned 3 yards. In the San Jose State opener, he had 4 tackles and made a nice 1-handed interception of a deflected pass. He then had 10 tackles, recovered a fumble (to set up a USC TD) and deflected a pass against Kansas State. He added 4 stops (1 for a loss) at Oregon, 4 more tackles (2 for losses) versus Stanford and another 4 stops with a sack at Washington while playing most of the game after tearing ligaments in his knee.

    2000:
    Riley was a part-time starter at defensive tackle as a sophomore in 2000. He started 7 games in 2000 (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, California, Arizona State, Washington State and UCLA) and was Ryan Nielsen's often-used backup in the other contests. He also was a backup long snapper. Overall in 2000 while appearing in 11 games (he missed the Oregon State outing after spraining his left ankle against San Jose State), he had 20 tackles, including 3 for losses of 5 yards, plus he recovered a fumble (against Arizona) and blocked a field goal (against Colorado). He made 5 tackles against Notre Dame, 3 versus California and 2 against Penn State, Colorado (with the blocked field goal), Arizona (with the fumble recovery), Oregon and UCLA.

    1999:
    Riley backed up Ryan Nielsen at defensive tackle and was used primarily in short yardage situations as a freshman in 1999, his first year at USC. Overall in 1999 while appearing in 11 games (all but the Louisiana Tech contest), he made 5 tackles. He had 2 stops each against California and Arizona State.

    HIGH SCHOOL:
    He made the 1998 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Student Sports All-American, Super Prep National 50, Prep Star Dream Team Top 100, ESPN Top 100, The Sporting News 101 Prime Prospects, Rivalnet Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team (unanimous selection), Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I first team, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County Lineman MVP, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team, Orange County Player of the Year and All-Sunset League Defensive MVP as a senior at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. In 1998, he had 114 tackles (49 solo), 29 tackles for losses, 9 sacks and 5 deflections despite playing with a broken finger and separated shoulder. He also played linebacker and fullback. Los Alamitos went 12-1 and was a CIF Division I semifinalist. As a 1997 junior, he was picked to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team second team while making 107 tackles (57 solo), 19 tackles for losses, 9 sacks and 4 deflections. He also rushed for 7 touchdowns as a fullback in goal line situations. During his 1996 sophomore season, he once had 4 interceptions in a game. Current Trojan Mike Patterson also prepped at Los Alamitos.

    PERSONAL:
    He's a public policy and management major at USC. His father, Bernard Sr., was a starting offensive guard at Oregon in 1975. He and 3 of his Trojan teammates-Steve Stevenson, Malcolm Wooldridge and Kyle Matthews-received national attention for coming to the aid of a USC student who fell out of her apartment window on Sept. 1, 2000 and became impaled on the spikes of a security fence. He lived in the Bay Area until his sophomore year in high school. His sports hero is NFL star defensive lineman John Randle.

    BERNARD RILEY ON:
    Helping rescue the USC student who fell out her window and became impaled: "We rushed out, saw her and went over to hold her up by her shoulders so the bars wouldn't go further into her. She was screaming right into my face, and I'm trying to tell her everything was all right. But I didn't know how much more I could take. We had had a long practice that day and I didn't know how much longer I could hold out. It was just instinct, the same things you use in football. You see something happen and you react."

    RILEY'S STATS
    YEARTACLS/YDSDFLFRINTYDSAVGTDLG
    1999 (Fr.)? 5 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2000 (So.)? 20 3/5 1* 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2001 (Jr.)? 26 5/11 1 1 1 3 3.0 0 3
    2002 (Sr.)? 25 1/1 2* 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    CAREER??. 76 9/17 4** 2 1 3 3.0 0 3
    *Includes 1 blocked field goal
    **Includes 2 blocked field goals
    GAME-BY-GAME WITH BERNARD RILEY
    2002
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Colorado 3 0/0 0 0
    Oregon State 2 0/0 0 0
    Washington* 2 0/0 0 0
    Oregon* 3 0/0 0 0
    Stanford* 3 0/0 0 0
    Arizona State* 1 0/0 0 0
    UCLA* 4 1/1 0 0
    Notre Dame* 3 0/0 0 0
    Iowa* (Orange) 4 0/0 1 0
    2002 (Sr.)? 25 1/1 1 0
    2001
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    San Jose St.* 4 1/2 0 0
    Kansas State* 10 0/0 1 1
    Oregon* 4 1/4 0 0
    Stanford* 4 2/3 0 0
    Washington* 4 1/2 0 0
    2001 (Jr.)? 26 5/11 1 1
    2000
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Penn State 2 0/0 0 0
    Colorado 2 0/0 0 0
    Arizona* 2 1/2 0 1
    Oregon* 2 1/1 0 0
    Stanford* 1 0/0 0 0
    California* 3 1/2 0 0
    Arizona State* 1 0/0 0 0
    UCLA* 2 0/0 0 0
    Notre Dame 5 0/0 0 0
    2000 (So.)? 20 3/5 0 1
    1999
    OPPONENTTACLS/YDSDFLFR
    Oregon 1 0/0 0 0
    California 2 0/0 0 0
    Arizona State 2 0/0 0 0
    1999 (Fr.)? 5 0/0 0 0
    *Starter