ELON, N.C. -- The all-time leading passer in the history of Elon and Southern Conference football, quarterback Scott Riddle has agreed to sign a contract with the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, one of Riddle's top targets, receiver Sean Jeffcoat, has agreed to ink a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Riddle, who was a first-team all-league selection by the SoCon's coaches in 2010, capped a stellar career by throwing for 3,231 yards on 274 completions in 10 games.
The Ramseur, N.C., native tossed 28 touchdown passes to lead the league. By leading the SoCon in passing yards as a senior, Riddle became the first quarterback in the storied history of the SoCon to lead the league in passing for four consecutive seasons. He also topped the league in pass efficiency (154.5) and total offense (318.8 yards per game).
Twice on the season Riddle threw for over 400 yards, including a 452-yard, five-touchdown performance in the season-ending win over Western Carolina. Riddle ended the year having thrown a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games, surpassing his own mark of 21 set early in his career. Riddle finished 13th in the voting for the 2010 Walter Payton Award and was named to Phil Steele's 2010 FCS All-American Team.
Riddle ranks fifth all-time at the FCS level with 13,264 career passing yards. In his four years Riddle completed 1,168 passes in 1,779 attempts, a completion percentage of 65.65 percent. In his four seasons, Riddle threw a SoCon-record 105 touchdown passes and passed for 200+ yards 40 times, 300+ yards 23 times and 400+ yards three times. He tossed at least one TD in 44 of his 45 career outings.
Riddle holds two of the league's top eight passing performances. On Nov. 3, 2007, Riddle set a new SoCon standard when he threw for 534 yards in a game at Furman. Then in his final career outing, Riddle passed for 452 yards and five TDs against Western Carolina on Nov. 20, 2010.
"Jacksonville was the first team to call and showed a lot of interest," said Riddle. "I've had great coaching throughout my career to prepare me and I think I've developed a lot over the last four years. "This opportunity is a blessing and I'm very grateful for this chance. The situation in Jacksonville is a good one for me. They had a chance to win the division last year. It's a good team. Hopefully I can compete for a spot on the roster."
Riddle will report to Jacksonville's training camp which opens on Thursday.
The last Elon player to don a Jaguar uniform was linebacker Chad Nkang who was a seventh-round pick of the club in 2007. Nkang went on to set a franchise record for special teams tackles in a season.
Jeffcoat, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., was one of two Elon receivers to eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark in 2010 as he caught 72 balls for 1,025 yards and seven touchdowns. His 6.5 receptions per game ranked third in the SoCon as did his 93.2 receiving yards per game.
In his final season, Jeffcoat notched five 100-yard receiving performances, including a seven-catch, 161-yard, one-touchdown game against Western Carolina to close out his career. Jeffcoat was a second-team All-SoCon selection by the league's media members and participated in the inaugural FCS Senior Scout Bowl.
In his four seasons in the maroon and gold, Jeffcoat caught 139 passes for 1,826 yards and 11 touchdowns over 46 games.
"It's a blessing, I've been praying for this for the longest time. I'm kind of speechless," stated Jeffcoat. "I never thought this would happen. I was going crazy last night. It's been a long road and I've had a lot of support. I've had coaches tell me not to stress and just have fun when you play. I figured why not listen and be worry-free. That's one of the main things that's stuck with me because you never know when it's going to end. The Cardinals are a good fit for me. They're a young team, but they've got some good players. I'd tear my leg off to play for them."
Jeffcoat will head to Arizona where the Cardinals' training camp will open on Wednesday.
Elon Sports Information Dept.