Jeff Brohm and the Louisville football program received more good news today when Quicny Riley announced that he is returning to play another season for the Cards. The 6/185 cover corner improved in just about every metric this past season and could be in for another year of improvement with a fully healthy off-season.
Riley transferred to Louisville from Middle Tennessee State in 2022 and immediately helped to improve the defense. He led the Cards in interceptions in his first season on campus while finishing in the top 5 in the county in quarterback rating defense per PFF. Riley was one of the best corners in the country last year and he flew under the radar for the most part.
His second season for the Cards was even better as he moved into a full-time starting role. He finished the year with 12 PBUs, 3 interceptions, and 49 tackles. Riley was snubbed by the ACC voters and was only named as an Honorable Mention choice. However, I would expect Riley to get some notice on a national level in the preseason this fall. The draft class this year is very deep and Riley should naturally gain some notice after such a strong season.
UofL will return their two best defenders with Riley joining Ashton Gillotte who has previously announced his return. They will benefit each other as Gillotte’s ability to get pressure only helps the secondary while Riley taking away half of the field makes it harder for quarterbacks to make quick decisions.
The Louisville staff has to be thrilled with the news as the defense was surprisingly stout for much of the season with some clear room for improvement. That improvement should come with a handful of very nice transfer additions. An improved pass rush could make Riley a first-round pick in the 2025 draft. But more importantly to the program, his play could help the Cards get back to the ACC Championship and potentially the expanded playoff.