Before Nebraska (Loveland HS)
Riley Kinney joined the Nebraska program from Loveland High School, one of the top prep programs in Colorado. Kinney guided Loveland High to a 14-0 record and a Class 4A state title in 2018. He passed for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 143 times for 944 yards and 20 touchdowns, including three games with more than 100 yards for Coach Wayne McGinn’s team. Kinney was a first-team Class 4A all-state choice as voted by the state’s coaches. Kinney helped Loveland to an 11-1 record and a state playoff appearance as a junior in 2017. He rushed for 433 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for 1,063 yards and 17 touchdowns, against just two interceptions. As a sophomore, Kinney threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
Kinney is the grandson of Nebraska All-America running back Jeff Kinney. At Loveland, Kinney was teammates with fellow 2019 walk-on Zach Weinmaster.