Former Wildcat Riddle inducted in Elon HOF

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It takes a lot to be a standout athlete in any sport at any level. There is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into being the best in any given sport. One former Randolph County athlete knows exactly what it takes after being a standout quarterback at both the high school and collegiate levels.

This weekend Scott Riddle will be inducted into the Elon University Athletics Hall of Fame after a stellar four years as quarterback for the Phoenix. Before suiting up for the Phoenix, Riddle was a standout four-year starter for the Eastern Randolph Wildcats. He sparked the Wildcats’ offense from 2003-2007 passing for over 7,500 career yards and leading Eastern Randolph to two state championship game appearances. He led the Wildcats to a state runner-up finish in 2003 before the Wildcats took it all in 2006 with Riddle at the helm. A state championship was not Riddle’s only achievement while in a Wildcats uniform. He was a four-time all-county selection, a three-time all-conference selection, and a two-time conference player of the year. He was named the Courier-Tribune County Player of the Year and the News & Record Regional Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. During his senior season in 2006, he was a Wendy’s High School Heisman candidate and was selected for the 2006 Prep Star All-Region Team and the Shrine Bowl All-Star Game.

After graduating from Eastern Randolph, Riddle headed to Elon where he etched his name in the record books. He had an incredible freshman season for the Phoenix and was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year by the media and the conference coaches. His play also earned him second-team All-SoCon. His play was recognized on the national level earning him National Freshman of the Year honors by and College Sporting News. College Sporting News also named Riddle as a first-team All-American selection. He finished his freshman season with 3,817 passing yards (a SoCon record) and 31 touchdowns.

The following year better than the last as Riddle earned second-team All-SoCon honors once again and put his name at the top of the Elon record book in completions, passing yards, passing attempts, touchdown passes, touchdowns responsible for, and total offensive yards. He went 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass setting a new career mark in the SoCon. Riddle continued to get better while at Elon earning second-team All-SoCon for the third straight year and setting another career mark in the conference. He averaged 278.75 passing yards per game which ranked seventh in the nation at the time and he made SoCon history as the first quarterback to pass for more than 10,000 yards. Riddle also averaged 278.67 total offense yards per game which was good enough to be ranked 13th in the country.

He broke through his senior year earning first-team All-SoCon honors and was named a third-team All-American by Phil Steele. The College Football Performance awards awarded Riddle with the Elite QB Award during his senior season. He left Elon as the all-time leading passer in SoCon history with a career total of 13,264 passing yards. He also lettered two seasons with the Elon baseball team. Riddle left his mark Elon so much so that the Phoenix retired his #16 jersey in 2011 making him only the seventh Elon athlete in any sport to have their jersey retired. This is not his only Hall of Fame induction as he was a member of the first Hall of Fame class for Eastern Randolph in 2017.

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