Career Single Game Highs Tackles: 5 at Eastern Illinois, 9-3-09 Solo Tackles: 2, twice Tackles-for-Loss: 2.0 at Eastern Illinois, 9-3-09 Sacks: 1.0 vs. Murray State, 9-8-07 Interceptions: 1 vs. Southern Illinois, 10-2-10
Biography and Career Highlights
2010: Played in all 11 games, with two starts at defensive tackle ... finished the season with 13 tackles and two quarterback hurries ... also intercepted first career pass ... recorded three tackles and picked off a pass against Southern Illinois ... posted a season-high four tackles in a win over Youngstown State.
2009: Played in all 11 games, with six starting assignments ... collected 17 tackles and two tackles-for-loss on the season ... tallied a career-high five tackles and career-high two TFLs in the season-opener at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 3) ... recorded double-digit tackle efforts at Illinois (Sept. 12), against No. 15 South Dakota State (Sept. 26) and at Missouri State (Oct. 31).
2008: Saw action in eight games, including his first-career start at Indiana State ... hauled in a career-high four tackles against the Sycamores.
2007: Played in six games, all as a reserve, before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... posted his first-career quarterback sack against Murray State ... also collected a season-high three tackles against the Racers.
Gordon Tech HS: Three-year starter ... two-star recruit according to Rivals.com ... named first-team all-state in 2005 ... two-time all-conference selection ... received the Lawless Award his senior season ... posted 79 tackles, including 14 sacks, and forced three fumbles his senior season ... in 2005, the team advanced to the state quarterfinals and finished with an 8-4 record ... as a junior, finished with 81 tackles and seven sacks ... coached by Bill Jeske ... member of the honor roll.
Data: Born February 19, 1988, in Chicago ... son of Fernando and Maria Rivas ... oldest of eight children ... has five brothers and three sisters ... prep teammate of former Redbird Tommie Westbrook ... named to the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll once ... major: mass media.