Riley Bilstein admits that he needs to play smarter than most other safeties, as he lacks the speed he feels is needed to excel at the position.
At the Nebraska Shrine Bowl game on Saturday, Bilstein did just that. He used his smart play to collect two interceptions on the game, recording the only two picks of the game for either team. He returned the two picks for a total of 26 yards. He also added two tackles for the game.
Bilstein's play helped lead the North Squad to a near shutout as the South did not score until three minutes left in the game. The South went on to score one more to time to make the final score 27-13.
Bilstein's play was a major factor in the North's effort that gave up only 53 yards passing on 17 passes. He picked off South's Alec Cromer, a South Dakota State quarterback recruit, and Logan Anderjaska, a University of Nebraska-Kearney signee, once each.
With the Shrine Bowl now complete, Bilstein continues his all-star tour with the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic on Saturday at Norfolk's Memorial Field.