MINERS

James Riley
73  James Riley

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Addison, Texas

High School:
Trinity Christian Academy

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 300

Position:
OL

Experience:
3L

2007 SPRING NOTES: Out for spring ball after undergoing ankle surgery in November.

2006 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at right guard ... helped the Miners rank fifth in the country in passing offense (312.8 ypg), 18th in passing efficiency (149.25), 38th in scoring offense (27.3 ppg) and 39th in total offense (370.4 ypg) ... UTEP led Conference USA in passing offense ... the Miners scored 30+ points in six games and had over 400 yards of offense on five occasions -- including a season-high 537 versus New Mexico State ... UTEP compiled 455 yards passing at UAB -- the seventh-best game total in school history ... UTEP's 3,754 yards passing, 290 completions and 29 passing touchdowns were all school records.

2005 (SOPHOMORE): UTEP's starting right guard in 11 games, while playing in all 12 contests ... UTEP's offense averaged 422.8 yards per game to establish a new school record as well as rank 31st nationally ... the Miners led Conference USA in passing offense (300.6 ypg), and rated second in scoring offense (31.8 ppg) ... UTEP's passing offense rated ninth nationally ... the Miners averaged 122.2 yards per game on the ground, including five games with a 100-yard rusher ... UTEP's offense gained over 400 yards in nine of 12 games and surpassed the 500-yard mark three times.

2004 (FRESHMAN): Saw significant time at offensive guard, playing in 11 of 12 games ... UTEP averaged 393.6 yards of total offense, which ranked 42nd nationally ... member of the Miner offensive unit which ranked 11th in the NCAA in scoring (35.8 ppg) ... paved the way for the Miners to average 142.3 yards rushing per game ... UTEP allowed only 18 sacks, which was second-best in the conference ... the offensive line allowed just 1.5 sacks per game, the lowest average since 1998 ... UTEP was fourth in the WAC in passing offense (251.3 ypg) ... UTEP had a 1,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer for only the second time in school history ... made the transition from the defensive side of the ball during spring practice.

2003: Redshirted.

PRIOR TO UTEP: First team All-State offensive and defensive lineman as a junior at Trinity Christian Academy ... also first team All-District 15A, first team All-Northwest and first team All-Metro player as a junior ... accumulated 78 tackles, three sacks, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles as a junior ... missed his senior year with a dislocated kneecap ... started in the offensive line in the playoffs as a freshman ... helped Trinity Christian Academy to a composite mark of 29-7 over three years (1999-2001), including a state championship his sophomore season ... high school coach was Barry Morgan.

PERSONAL: Parents are Aida Riley and the late William Riley ... has a brother, Cash, who was in the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league system ... hobbies include playing golf ... full name is James Lee Riley ... nickname is "Bear" ... born 8/29/84 (Bronx, N.Y.) ... business major.