July 25, 2008

Rivera ready for leadership role

At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds and combine numbers that will attract NFL scouts it isn't a surprise that Mike Rivera was on the 2007 Butkus List and already on the Chuck Bednarik Watch List for 2008.

It didn't seem like too long ago that Rivera was a highly touted player from Shawnee Mission Northwest High in the Kansas City area. After standing out at summer camps and getting a lot of interest from college recruiters he decided on attending college down the road at Kansas.

At the time the Kansas football program was building its foundation under Mark Mangino. But Rivera saw something at Kansas and wanted to be a part of it.

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