TAMPA – Tyler Riddell enters his third season under center at Chamberlain.
The 2019 prospect came to high school as a 5’9″, 126-pounder. He says he found his confidence then in his first varsity start against Steinbrenner as a freshman.
Fast forward to right now and Riddell stands at 5’11”, 166 lbs.
The rising junior guided the Chiefs to their first winning record since 2008 with a 5-4 showing a season ago. He totaled 1,122 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.
“I grew a lot, I learned a lot and I had help from other quarterbacks in the area,” Riddell told Prep Sports Scouting.
Riddell and Chamberlain pitched a shutout over Middleton in the spring game last month, 31-0. He tossed a 94-yard touchdown and says everyone played as a team.
“The team’s progress is good,” he said. “We only had a couple seniors that started last season and we got our entire offensive line back so that will be great.”
On May 30, Riddell’s Instagram video got picked up by Bleacher Report. The clip shows him lining up as a defensive back against a taller wide receiver. Riddell wins the battle and reels in a one-handed interception.
Whoa. (via tylerriddell2/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/nKa2kMG5cJ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 30, 2017
The clip earned 3,120 retweets and 8,051 likes. Perhaps the throw wasn’t the best, but Riddell flashed that he’s a pure athlete.
“That is something I do for fun. I played cornerback in little league, but when I got to high school my coaches wouldn’t let me play it,” said Riddell about the video being showcased by Bleacher Report. “I thought it was amazing, I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
Riddell started his football life at age 7 as a defensive back. He moved to quarterback just a season later.
He pointed to his ability to identify a weakness in a defense as his biggest strength. He’s aiming to stay calmer and more poised in the pocket this season.
Riddell plays for a passionate head coach and leader in Jason Lane. He enters his third season as the man in charge at Chamberlain after posting a 7-12 record over his first two years.
“He’s [Lane] a great coach. It’s been fun,” Riddell said. “He tells you the truth and he teaches us all how to stay humble.”
No offers have come yet for Riddell, but he’s drawn interest from Samford, UCF and FAU as of late.
He wants to use football as a way to have college paid for him. Riddell plans to study either business or entrepreneurship in college.
Currently, Riddell is showcasing his leadership and overall love for the game at Chamberlain. His upcoming junior season will prove if he can progress even further. I have a hunch that he can pull it off.
Favorite players to watch – Aaron Rodgers, Vernon Hargreaves III, Antonio Callaway
Playlist before games – Future
Favorite TV shows – Ballers
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “My shoe collection is nasty. I have around 20 pairs. My favorite are my KD 6’s.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “TY”
Game film: Riddell’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Heidi Gomez
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