Riders’ 2020 first-round pick, Saskatchewan OL Mattland Riley ‘leaning toward leaving football’: report

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Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Canadian offensive lineman Mattland Riley appears to be retiring, according to Sportsnet reporter Arash Madani.

Per sources: Mattland Riley, Sask’s 1st round pick in 2020 #CFL draft, is leaning toward leaving football. Would be a major loss to the Riders. Top pick on OL can be fixtures. Riley likely on to a career in engineering. Leaving on his own terms, health intact. Good for him.

The Riders selected the six-foot-three, 300-pound Riley seventh overall during the 2020 CFL Draft. He spent the 2021 season with the green and white, playing in one game. 

The 25-year-old Melfort product spent four seasons at the University of Saskatchewan appearing in 31 games for the Huskies, playing his final season at left guard. In 2019, Riley was part of the offensive line that helped running back Adam Machart to an incredible 1,610 yards and nine touchdowns on 195 carries. 

Riley had an impressive U Sports career that included being named a two-time Canada West all-star and a first-team All-Canadian. He also played for Team West in the U Sports East-West Bowl in 2018. In 2017, Riley helped the Huskies win the Hardy Cup bringing it back to Saskatoon for the first time in 10 years.