As a redshirt freshman (2005): Saw action in all 12 games as a backup linebacker and special teams standout ... Collected 20 total tackles including 11 solo stops ... Forced one quarterback hurr.
As a freshman (2004): Redshirted ... Practiced with the scout team defense ... Chosen by the coaching staff as the defensive scout team player of the week for the game against Iowa Stat.
High School: A graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest HS ... Rated the 23rd-best inside linebacking prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... Named the Sun Country Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned first-team All-Sunflower League and first-team All-Johnson County honors as a linebacker ... Recorded 149 tackles as a senior and 125 during his junior season ... Was a finalist for the prestigious Buck Buchanan award ... An honorable mention all-conference tight end on the offensive side of the ball ... Coached by Scott Diebold ... Lettered three years in football and track for the Cougar.
Personal: Son of Mike and Judy Rivera ... Father, Mike, wrestled and played football at Central Missouri State ... Is undecided on an academic majo.