Along with fellow locals Malcolm Jones (Oaks Christian) and Anthony Barr (Loyola), strong safety Dietrich Riley of St. Francis was among UCLA’s most-discussed freshmen during fall camp.
And for good reason – the four-time All-Mission League selection had three interceptions and a forced fumble in two fall scrimmages.
But unlike Barr and Jones, Riley did not play for the Bruins on Saturday against Kansas State.
“There were probably two or three times when we said, get Dietrich ready, but the game is so close,” Neuheisel said. “You’ve got Tony Dye and Rahim, who have a number of starts both under their belt. Can you risk a guy going in there and not knowing exactly what to do? The answer is, ultimately, yes, you can.
“We just didn’t pull the trigger the other day. But we will.”