- Free Safety
- 5' 11
- 211 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Baltimore Poly
- Baltimore, Md.
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Updated: December 15, 2015
2015-16: Played in 12 games, starting one … Was in on 360 plays, including 294 as free safety and 66 on special teams … Tallied 24 tackles … Appeared in the game versus No. 1 Ohio State … Had one tackle, breakup, and pass defended against Furman … Took the field at Purdue … Made a tackle at East Carolina … Posted two tackles against Pittsburgh, NC State, and Miami … Notched three tackles versus No. 23 Duke … Had two tackles with a fumble recovery and forced fumble at Boston College … Started at Georgia Tech, logging six tackles … Collected one tackle against No. 12 North Carolina … Tallied four tackles at Virginia.
2014-15: Played in all 13 games, making seven starts … Was in on 719 plays, 550 on defense and 169 on special teams … Had 53 tackles on the season, including a sack … Also had two interceptions, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Made four tackles and recovered a fumble in the opener against William & Mary … Returned an interception 63 yards for a score with 46 seconds left on the clock to help seal the win at Ohio State … Made five tackles and added a break up against East Carolina … Made nine tackles in his first career start against Georgia Tech … Had eight tackles and a hurry against Western Michigan … Led the team with eight tackles, including a sack for an 8-yard loss, at North Carolina … Had a tackle and recovered a fumble at Pitt … Made a tackle while in on defense and special teams against Miami …Had two tackles against Boston College … Made five tackles in the win at Duke … Had a 12-yard interception return to go along with five tackles at Wake Forest … Had a tackle and a break up in the win over Virginia … Tallied four tackles in the bowl game against Cincinnati … A Super Iron Hokie in the weight room Posted a 400-pound squat in spring max testing.
2013-14: Played in all 13 games … Was in on 182 plays, 30 on defense and 152 on special teams, making three tackles … Made two tackles in the season opener against Alabama … Saw action at corner and on special teams against Western Carolina … Was in on nine special teams plays at East Carolina … Saw action on special teams against Marshall and at Georgia Tech … Was in on 12 special teams plays in the wins over North Carolina and Pittsburgh … Saw action on special teams against Duke, at Boston College and at Miami … Was in on 23 special teams plays against Maryland … Saw action at corner and on special teams at Virginia … Tallied a special teams tackle against UCLA in the Sun Bowl … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in summer max testing before the season after posting personal bests in the bench press (350), front squat (380) and power clean (275) … Followed that up with Super Iron Hokie honors again in the spring after posting personal bests in the bench press (360)and front squat (400).
2012-13: Played in 12 games, appearing on 22 snaps on defense and over 90 special teams plays … Played three special teams plays in the Georgia Tech game … Played 13 snaps at cornerback against Austin Peay and had a solo tackle and an assist … Saw action against Bowling Green, playing five snaps at cornerback and a limited number of special teams plays … Was in on special teams at North Carolina … Saw action on eight special teams plays against Duke and 10 at Clemson … Recorded an interception and returned it for 5 yards against Florida State … Was in on 12 special teams plays and on a defensive snap at Boston College … Saw action on 12 special teams plays against Virginia … Helped on a tackle in the overtime win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl … Turned in a 335-pound bench press and 365-pound front squat on the way the Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season program … Had four tackles in the first spring scrimmage … Intercepted a pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown in the spring game.
High School: A member of the PrepStar All-Atlantic Region squad for Coach Roger Wrenn at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute … Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl for the South (all stars from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia) against the North (all stars from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) … Recorded 48 tackles (18 solo) and five interceptions his senior season … Was a first-team Baltimore Sun All-Met defensive back as a senior … Was a consensus all-state selection … Caught 18 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver his senior year … A first-team big school all-state selection as a defensive back following his senior season … As a junior, had 46 tackles and six interceptions as a defensive back, and offensively, caught 43 passes for 900 yards and six touchdowns … Also returned two punts for touchdowns as a junior … Had 16 career interceptions and 14 career touchdowns … Was a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Met player as a junior … Listed as the No. 22 prospect in Maryland by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 20 player in the Maryland/D.C. area by SuperPrep … Ranked as the No. 78 safety in the country and the No. 24 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 142 safety in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 58 safety in the country, the No. 142 player in his region and the No. 22 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Personal: Donovan Riley … Born Dec. 12, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. … Son of Reginald Riley and Leslie Byrd … Has a younger sister … Majoring in property management.