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Sitting down with Scott Riddle

by Sam Calvert,
  • Photo by Lindsay Fendt.

Q: What thoughts are running through your head knowing this is your last season with the Phoenix?

A: I'm really excited. I've had a decent career and made some great friends. I've really enjoyed the journey. I've been a part of Elon for a while, so I've seen where it was years before and that every year it has gotten better. I'm hoping to come out and have a 10-win season and make some noise in the playoffs, with a lot of bullets flying.

Q: How have you changed since the first time you took a snap for Elon?


A: When I first got here, I sort of winged everything — I just tried to throw it to whoever was open and get down the field. But each year I've progressed in my knowledge. It's kind of become easier for me.

Q: What goes through your mind when you take the field for a game?


A: I don't know, it's kind of a blank feeling. I'm ready to go. I like when the defense goes out there first. I go out there relaxed. I'm not one of those guys who gets over-pumped.

Q: What was it like to be the team's leader as quarterback and primary punter last season?


A: I don't mind it. I've handled the ball so many times in my career that they thought I would do well in that position. John Reece is doing a good job this year, though. But I liked it. If I had a bad series, it gave me a way to go and take all my frustration out. I could just go out there and kick it as hard as I could.

Q: Will you miss being able to look down the field and see Terrell Hudgins as a target this season?


A: He told me not to act like everything was fine without him. But really, I'm going to miss him. He was an easy guy to throw it up to. But I love my man No. 4 Lance Camp. We've been together four years now. And we have a lot of other guys at wide receiver I trust, too. We've got all kinds of weapons. This year they're not going to be able to single out one guy.

Q: How does it feel to be on the Walter Payton watch list to start out the season?


A: It's nice getting recognition for my accomplishments, but anyone who is successful is there because of the team around him. I'm not worrying about it too much. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to win it.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your last season?


A: I did win a ring in baseball, which was a really special thing that I want all of my teammates to be able to experience as well. Like other players on the team, I expect that. To win the National Championship, a lot of things have to go right. Our main focus is on winning the conference.