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Name: Ronnie Rivers (+) Coming off Dec 2020 Leg INJ
College: Fresno State     Number: 20
Height: 5-08   Weight: 195
Position: RB  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2022

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: PDoakWalker...2020: 1stC...(+) Coming off Dec 2020 Leg INJ...PMaxwell/PDoak/PHornung...2019: 2ndC...PHornung/PDoak...132-743-5.6-10 rush, 26-311-11.9-3 rec in 6 sts, 11 gms in '18. 101-480-4.8-5 rush, 20-129-6.5-1 rec in 5 sts, 13 gms, had elbow injury in '17.

 Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State, Player News

  08/30/21 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  In January, Ronnie Rivers announced on Twitter that he would be returning for one more season with the Fresno State Bulldogs. After all, there was some unfinished business left for Rivers. Heading into the Bulldogs' opener, Rivers shared the record with Anthony Daigle, who played from 1991-1993, for the most career touchdowns in Fresno State history. But it didn't take long for the fifth-year running back to break that record, as Rivers caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Haener to score touchdown No. 45, en route to the Bulldogs' 45-0 shutout win over the UConn Huskies on Saturday afternoon.

It came at a special moment as fans were finally allowed back into Bulldog Stadium for the first time since 2019. Among the crowd was his family, which included his father, Fresno State football hall of famer Ron Rivers. "This is my last season," Rivers said. "To be able to play in front of Bulldog fans again was great. I know a lot of guys were excited and brought the energy. We can't wait until the next home game when they're out there again." Haener said he was waiting to throw the ball to Rivers for his record-breaking touchdown. Rivers missed his chance last season during a game against Nevada. He ran the ball into the endzone for what would have been the touchdown No. 45 for him, but officials called the play back due to an illegal block by Haener. "I'm happy for Ronnie," Haener said. "He works really hard on his craft and he's really fun to be around." - The Collegian


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  07/26/21 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers announced his decision to return for a second senior season on social media, and since has not talked much about it. There obviously is a lot out there for the Bulldogs' back, who is close to setting a number of school records including career touchdowns and the potential for another championship season. But from a family dynamic, what is more important: surpassing the rushing total racked up by his father, Ron, who was the all-time leading rusher at Fresno State before playing in the NFL for six seasons; or putting up numbers to a point that his little brother Devon, who just completed a dynamic sophomore season at Heritage High in Brentwood, will find them to be out of reach no matter where he decides to play his college football? "I would say both," Rivers said on Thursday at the Mountain West Conference media days.

Both at this point are possible in a Fresno State offense that returns more than 90% of its passing, rushing and receiving production. Ronnie Rivers, who was the only Fresno State player selected to the Mountain West preseason all-conference team this year, needs 844 rushing yards to match the 3,473 his father churned out from 1991 to '93. He already has scored 44 touchdowns, tied with Anthony Daigle for the most in school history, and with a solid season can end up in the Bulldogs' Top 5 for career rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and all-purpose yards. Rivers has put up those numbers despite splitting time his first two seasons with Jordan Mims and Josh Hokit - he has only 42.4% of the rushing plays by Bulldogs' running backs over his career. - Fresno Bee


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  07/23/21 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Fresno State could be a surprise team in 2021 with that offense. Rivers, who led the conference with 136.3 all-purpose yards per game last season, has landed on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award and the Bulldogs return more than 90% of their rushing and receiving production. They might have to win high-scoring games, just as they did in 2013 when going 11-2 despite allowing 30.3 points per game. But they are capable with better health and continuity up front. Fresno State had the same starting lineup on the offensive line its first four games of 2020, but started different groups in its final two games, a recurring theme over the past two seasons. In 2019, the Bulldogs had four players start at least one game at left guard and three start at least one game at left tackle, center and right guard. "I really think we're going to have a big jump," DeBoer said. "Not only do I think we'll have more depth, but I think that our top-end guys are another year older." - Fresno Bee

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  01/10/21 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers said on Friday that he would return for a second senior season of football, taking advantage of eligibility relief granted all fall sports student-athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic and bolstering a Bulldogs' offense that last season led the Mountain West Conference in total offense and was second in scoring offense. Rivers also will have a chance to move up the Bulldogs' all-time rushing and scoring lists and finish his career as one of the most prolific skill position players in their history.

The senior running back ended a truncated 2020 season with 44 career touchdowns, tied with Anthony Daigle atop the Bulldogs' Top 10 list. He also is tied for third with Daigle for career rushing touchdowns with 35, four behind all-time leader Ryan Mathews; and seventh on the all-time rushing list with 2,629 yards, a 1,000-yard season from moving past his father, Ron Rivers, who is second with 3,473 yards. - Fresno Bee


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  12/16/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Ronnie Rivers, Sr., Fresno State,...Led the Mountain West in all-purpose yards per game (163.8), also led in scoring with nine touchdowns (10.8 points per game), and was second in rushing yards per game (101.6). He ranked 9th, 11th and 22nd respectively in the NCAA in those categories...Rivers was also the only running back present on the league's top 10 in receptions per game. The senior was seventh in the conference with 5.4 average catches a game...Rivers was one of two MW running backs to average better than 100 yards rushing per game. He was the only one to average over 100 yards rushing per game and better than 160 all-purpose yards per game. - Fresno State Football

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  12/10/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Fresno State senior running back Ronnie Rivers' status will be evaluated day-to-day as the Bulldogs prepare for their final regular-season game in this COVID-19 truncated college football season, coach Kalen DeBoer said Monday. The senior running back, who is one away from setting the school career touchdowns record, suffered a lower leg injury Saturday night at the end of a 66-yard scoring run in the third quarter in a 37-26 loss at Nevada that was negated by an illegal block penalty.

"He's going to be day-to-day throughout the course of the week," DeBoer said in a weekly Zoom news conference. "It's not something where I feel he would be out for the rest of the season, especially if it was a long season ahead or anything like that. "I know he's going to do everything he can with his rehab day-to-day to make sure he's doing the best he can to get on the football field Saturday. It's just unfortunate the effort he made on that play was for naught because it was a huge turning point." Rivers is a huge part of the Bulldogs' offense, leading the team with 99 rushing plays, 27 pass receptions, 154.6 yards from scrimmage per game and nine touchdowns. - Fresno Bee


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  12/06/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers, at Utah State, became the first player in school history with 2,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards while tying the school record for career touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,561 yards in his Fresno State career and caught 107 passes for 1,019 yards and, remember, he missed two games as a true freshman in 2017 and three games as a sophomore in 2018 with injuries. Rivers can set that career touchdowns record on Saturday against the Wolf Pack as well as move up on a number of other career lists. - Fresno Bee

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  11/09/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  NOV 9 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RONNIE RIVERS, FRESNO STATE, Senior, Running Back, Brentwood, California/Freedom HS,...Helped lead Fresno State to a 40-27 victory at UNLV, improving the Bulldogs to 2-1 on the season...Tallied a career-best four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving), the most in a single game by a Mountain West student-athlete in 2020...The 24 total points scored are tied for the second-most in FBS this season...Rushed for a season-high 133 yards and recorded a career-best 99 receiving yards...The 232 all-purpose yards are the most in the MW and 21st-best in FBS this season. - Mountain West Football

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  11/08/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  For the second consecutive week, Fresno State relied on Ronnie Rivers to lead the 'Dogs to victory as they improved to 2-1 on the young, pandemic-afflicted season. The senior running back was the best player on the field in Fresno State's 40-27 road-win over UNLV Saturday as he led the Bulldogs in both rushing and receiving. Rivers rushed for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns and grabbed 6 receptions for 99 yards and 1 touchdown. Rivers averaged 9.28 yards every time he touched the ball. In head coach Kalen DeBoer's words, Rivers "just understands the situation so well, doesn't panic." "It didn't all happen right away," DeBoer said. "I think the key was that the game kind of came to him. He always finds ways, and it seems like his shiftiness early on was a key. And he moved the chains at times. He just understands the situation so well, doesn't panic - a little penetration on some plays, didn't panic, just trust who he is and understand where the blocks are coming from."

If you ask Rivers why he was successful, though, it's all humility from him. "I would say the guys that I'm playing around, my linemen all the way to my quarterback and the receivers blocking on the outside - I can't do anything without those guys," Rivers said. "All the success I had on the field today is because of them, and I couldn't have asked for anything else." With his 4 touchdown performance, Rivers moved into second place all-time in career touchdowns at Fresno State with 43, one shy of the leader, running back Anthony Daigle. - San Joaquin Valley Sun and Valley Future Foundation


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  11/07/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Ronnie Rivers scored four touchdowns, Chris Gaston made two interceptions and Fresno State defeated UNLV 40-27 on Saturday. Rivers rushed for 133 yards and three scores on 19 carries and caught six passes for a career-high 99 yards and another score. He has scored in 11 consecutive games. Rivers' 10-yard scoring run on the first play of the fourth quarter snapped a 27-27 tie and an interception by Gaston led to Cesar Silva's field goal and a 37-27 lead. Jake Haener's 35-yard run led to another Silva field goal with under two minutes remaining. Another Gaston interception ended UNLV's hopes.

Rivers' 16-yard TD run early in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 27-17 lead but the Rebels (0-3, 0-3 Mountain West) got a field goal from Daniel Gutierrez and Max Gilliam's 71-yard TD run to tie it. Gilliam had a combined 299 yards offense and two touchdowns but had the two interceptions plus a fumble. Jake Haener passed for 164 yards and a score and ran for 79 yards plus a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-1, 2-1). Attendance was limited to 2,000 at 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium. - AP College Football


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  11/03/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Senior running back Ronnie Rivers did a little bit of everything for the Bulldogs in their second straight home game. Rivers scored three total touchdowns, finding the end zone on a 13-yard catch in the first quarter and breaking off a 32-yard run in the second period. On that scoring dash, Rivers took a short toss, broke a tackle and scampered into the end zone down the home sideline. "That guy's a beast," DeBoer said. Rivers, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, is now fourth all-time in school history with 31 rushing touchdowns.

Against Colorado State, Rivers showed why he was a preseason All-Mountain West Conference running back. One of the conference's most versatile players, Rivers lined up at punt returner, running back, receiver and even at quarterback. In the third quarter, Rivers took a direct snap and scored on a one-yard run to hand the Bulldogs a 31-10 advantage. Rivers accounted for 164 yards from scrimmage (95 yards rushing, 69 yards receiving) on 28 offensive touches. He also had eight yards on punt returns. "It's a great feeling," Rivers said. "I'm prepared to do whatever to help us get a 'Dub." - Visalia Times-Delta


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  10/30/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Jake Haener set career highs with 311 yards passing and three touchdowns, Ronnie Rivers tied his career best with three scores, and Fresno State scored 31 unanswered points in a 38-17 victory over Colorado State on Thursday night. Rivers carried it 23 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns and he caught five passes for 69 yards and a score for Fresno State (1-1, 1-1 Mountain West). Rivers, who has scored in 10 straight games, broke two tackles and raced down the sideline for 32-yard touchdown, and he added a 1-yard score for his 31st career rushing TD. Haener was 14-of-17 passing for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Jordan Mims came out of the backfield and went untouched for a 15-yard receiving touchdown to extend Fresno State‚Äôs lead to 24-10 just before halftime. Todd Centeio completed just 10 of 23 passes for 141 yards for Colorado State (0-1). He carried it 12 times for 89 yards. Trey McBride caught eight passes for 130 yards and a TD. - Fresno State/AP College Football

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  07/26/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State,...Entering his senior season, Rivers has made a career of contributing not only rushing the football but has been a reliable pass catcher and leaned on as the 'Dogs primary punt returner. He broke into the Fresno State all-time top 20 following his junior season in all-purpose yardage, having now accumulated 3,207 yards. With 793 more all-purpose yards he'd hit the 4,000-yard plateau and join just six others to of reached that milestone in program history. Rivers also ranks tied for third in program history in pass receptions by a running back (89) and needs 28 in 2020 to become the outright career leader in that category. The 2020 watch list is comprised of 47 players - 16 seniors, 22 juniors, eight sophomores and one grad transfer who play a total of eight different positions. The SEC and ACC lead the conferences with seven players, followed by the Pac-12 and Mountain West with six players each. - Fresno State Football

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  07/26/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State,...Rivers broke into the Fresno State all-time top 20 following his junior season in all-purpose yardage, having now accumulated 3,207 yards. With 793 more all-purpose yards he'd hit the 4,000-yard plateau and join just six others to of reached that milestone in program history. Rivers also ranks tied for third in program history in pass receptions by a running back (89) and needs 28 in 2020 to become the outright career leader in that category. - Fresno State Football

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  07/22/20 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Ronnie Rivers (Sr.), Fresno State,...Returning All-Mountain West 2019 second team selection...Led the MW in touchdowns scored with 16 in 2019...Scored at least one touchdown in every Mountain West game during 2019 season...Owned four 100-yard rushing games, including a season-best 177 rushing yards in the Bulldogs' season finale at San Jose State on Nov. 30...Recorded 899 rushing yards on 177 attempts (5.1 per attempt). - Fresno State Football

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  12/14/19 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB - Ronnie Rivers, Jr., Fresno State,...Led the Mountain West with 16 total touchdowns on the season...Led the Mountain West with 13 rushing touchdowns on the season...Scored at least one touchdown in every Mountain West game of 2019...Recorded 899 rushing yards on 177 attempts (5.1 per attempt)...Ranked tied for fourth in the Mountain West for most explosive run plays (20 yards-plus) with eight...Owned 1,367 all-purpose yards in 2019 - third in the Mountain West...Led Mountain West running backs in receptions (43), receiving yards (348) and receiving touchdowns (3)...As the primary punt returner, had nine returns for 120 yards. Had a season-long 35-yard return at San Jose State. - Fresno State Football

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  11/03/19 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Ronnie Rivers scored two third-quarter touchdowns as Fresno State scored 24 consecutive points, Cesar Silva made a 37-yard field as time expired, and the Bulldogs beat Hawaii 41-38 on Saturday night. Rivers finished with 19 carries for 103 yards. Jorge Reyna was 17-of-27 passing for 188 yards and a score and added 11 carries for 96 yards for Fresno State (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West). The Bulldogs trailed 24-14 at halftime but scored on each of their first four second-half possessions -- including touchdown runs of 44 and 4 yards by Rivers -- to take a 14-point lead when Reyna hit Jared Rice for a 26-yard TD with 10:06 left.

Chevan Cordeiro, who replaced starting quarterback Cole McDonald midway through the fourth quarter, connected with Nick Mardner for a 50-yard gain to the 3 and, on the next play, Miles Rees scored on a 3-yard run to trim Hawaii's deficit to 38-31 with 2:13 remaining. The Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 2-3) recovered the ensuing onside kick and Cordeiro's 10-yard touchdown run tied it with 65 seconds to play. Reyna had a 17-yard run, hit Rice for gains of 5 and 9 yards and then ran for 11 yards to move the Bulldogs into Hawaii territory. After back-to-back incomplete passes, Rivers ripped off a 13-yard run to the 20 that set up Silva's winning field goal. McDonald was 21-of-42 passing for 275 and a touchdown with one interception and added a 6-yard TD run. Cordeiro completed 5 of 9 for 71 yards and had four carries for 33 yards. - Fresno State/AP College Football


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  07/26/19 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State,...Rivers was among 44 multi-talented college football players named to the 2019 watch list, and one of three from the Mountain West joining Juwan Washington (San Diego State) and Avery Williams (Boise State). In addition to being a starting running back for the 'Dogs, Rivers has proven to have sure hands catching passes out of the back field while also serving as a primary punt returner. In Rivers' first two seasons, he owns 1,223 career rushing yards, but boasts 1,836 career all-purpose yards. - Fresno State Football

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  07/17/19 - RB Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Ronnie Rivers (Jr.), Fresno State,...Rivers closed sophomore season as the MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl - posting the fourth-most all-purpose yards in school history with 286 (212 rush/41 punt return/33 receiving) in the Bulldogs' win over Arizona State on Dec. 15...Recorded 108.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2018, ranking as the fourth-most in the Mountain West...Averaged 5.6 yards per carry as a sophomore. - Fresno State Football

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