Kevin Riley, Show Some Heart In Your Final Year

Tray LeonidasCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies is congratulated by Kevin Riley #13 of the California Bears after the game on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Bears 42-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Senior year.

The year that makes or breaks whether your college career was successful or not. The year that determines whether you can be successful in the NFL or not. The year that is supposed to be the most fun for you, because it is your last.

I would imagine that the California Golden Bears haven't had much fun lately. All the expectations of a PAC-10 championship only to fall year after year. The fans are restless, the team constantly disappointed, and the coaches dumbfounded.

Kevin Riley, It's your senior year. You haven't been the Steve Young or the Joe Montana we were hoping for, but you played anyway trying to live up to being the California Bears quarterback. And I know you have been trying, I know you don't lose games or even give up on your team. All I'm asking for is a bit of consistency, so the fans here in Strawberry Canyon can be proud to say "Hey, that guy was our quarterback, and he wasn't perfect, but he fought his last year like a champion."

I'm not asking you to be Tom Brady, I'm not even asking you to be Matt Barkley...whoever that is. I'm asking for consistent play, and to just direct the game, and let your team do the rest.

I dont know if you have realized this, but you actually have a lot of weapons as receivers and halfbacks. Marvin Jones and Jeremy Ross are big targets who seem to catch everything that comes their way. And you have another spectacular target named Keenan Allen if he doesn't decide to play too much defense.

Not to mention you have some fairly good running backs named Shane Vereen and Isi Sofele who seem to show some promise. Shane Vereen is a junior though, so you probably want to leave a lasting influence on him, and the young sophomores Isi Sofele and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson.

Also 4 out of 5 lineman Returning, In Mitchell Schwartz, Chris Guarnero, Justin Cheadle, and Matt Summers-Gavin, I understand Gavin got hurt last year, but he's a young guy, he'll be okay. This line is starting to get chemistry, with leaders Schwartz and Guarnero(senior) playing, you should be fine in the pocket with plenty of time to throw to all those targets you have.

Not to mention you have a quarterback guru as a coach known as Jeff Tedford, who could probably shape you into a respectable quarterback.

Have a senior mentality, and I'm not talking about senior citizen, I'm talking about college senior who's about to go out into the real world. This is your last year, Play like you will never play again. Play consistently, I'm sure you dont want to be remembered as the guy who gave games away. More than likely you want to leave California with a good legacy. Play like every down is your last, and who knows, That PAC-10 championship just might fall into our laps.