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University of California, Los Angeles

Riley Kirkman-Davis

Biography

From team: “Riley “El Diablo” Kirkman-Davis made an immediate impact on Smaug when he joined in 2019. His play has been consistently exceptional, a versatile handler who uses his length, throwing range, and smarts to command to the field. His leadership, however, has cemented his legacy in the program. He was elected captain his sophomore year, during which he helped the program thrive, leading fully masked practices, virtual workouts, and teaching concepts when coaches could not. Since then, he was re-elected captain 3 years straight and his commitment to the team has only grown. Diablo finds a balance between competitive spirit and collective love that allows his leadership to remain strong and effective with a diverse range of players. Anyone who has been involved in Smaug over the past 5 years can testify to his cultural impact. There is not a team that has players who love each other more than Smaug, and he is a crucial reason why. His wisdom, compassion, and desire to compete have propelled the program to heights never before reached. It is for these reasons that we nominate him for the Callahan Award.

El Diablo grew up in Berkeley, California, where he played Ultimate for King Middle School and Berkeley High School, where he won a national championship. He won ROTY in 2020 and has been consistently rated a top player in the nation since. He has thrice played for San Francisco Revolver and was a center O-line handler in the 2023 season.”

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