HOOVER, Ala. — Calvin Ridley and Riley Ridley don’t go back home to south Florida very often, so the two brothers haven’t had much time together lately. They do, however, talk as often as they can, over the phone or via FaceTime.
And they have plenty to talk about.
Such as Calvin Ridley’s upcoming junior season at Alabama, where he could be one of the best receivers in the country and prepare to lift off to an NFL career.
Or Riley Ridley’s upcoming sophomore season at Georgia, where he will try to move into a starting role at receiver and overcome an offseason marijuana-related arrest.
The two share a last name, a position and a childhood back in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Until early 2016, they shared a similar first name. That’s when Cavin, as the younger one was known, asked to go by his middle name. He wanted to make his own name.
“He is his own man,” Calvin Ridley said. “He can definitely be as good as me. He is as good as me.”
Calvin Ridley said that Wednesday at SEC Media Days, where he was one of the three Alabama representatives. He’s coming off a sophomore season in which he made second-team All-SEC, hauling in 72 passes for 769 yards and 7 touchdowns. More than half of his catches were for a first down or a touchdown. He is, in short, a big-time player.
Riley Ridley also showed a lot of promise as a freshman, catching 12 passes for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 41 yards.
“His game’s been good. I just think he’s more into it, and really ready to go try have a good season,” Calvin Ridley said.
It probably will start one game late, however. Riley Ridley was arrested in March for misdemeanor marijuana possession, which under UGA’s drug policy would result in a one-game suspension.
“I really don’t think it was what it seemed to be,” Calvin Ridley said. “But I just told him you have to stay focused. You’ve got a goal you want to get to. We need you to be good and not get in trouble. So that’s what I told him.”