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Raiders Select Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera in 6th

Posted Apr 27, 2013

The Oakland Raiders selected Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

MYCHAL RIVERA
TIGHT END
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

VALENCIA, CALIF.
BIRMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
 

Honors

  • 2012 Coaches All-SEC First Team
  • 2012 CBSSports.com All-SEC Team
  • 2012 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2012 Preseason All-SEC Third Team (Lindy's)
  • Named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 John Mackey Award
  • Named to John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List
  • Named to College Football Performance Awards Weekly Honor Roll after game at Florida

2012

  • Games/Starts: 12/10
  • Second-year starter at tight end at Tennessee
  • Third on UT in catches (36) and receiving yards (562) with five touchdowns
  • Set UT record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season with 562 in 2012, broke Jason Witten's mark of 493 in 2002
  • Finished career with a catch in 18 games in a row
  • Second Vols tight end to have 1,000-plus receiving yards in a career, finishing with 1,018, joining Reggie Harper (record 1,141)
  • On Senior Day, posted five catches for 64 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass vs. Kentucky (11/24
  • Career highs with 10 catches for 129 yards and a 21-yard touchdown catch vs. Missouri (11/10); game marked his first-career 100-yard game
  • Three catches for 44 yards including a 13-yard touchdown pass from Pig Howard at #17 South Carolina (10/27)
  • Second-longest catch of career with 43-yarder vs. #1 Alabama (10/20)
  • Career-long 62-yard reception as part of three catches for 82 yards at #5 Georgia (9/29)
  • Two catches for 43 yards vs. Akron (9/22)
  • Third-career touchdown on a 6-yard pass vs. #18 Florida (9/15) in racking up four catches for 47 yards
  • On 22nd birthday, scored second-career touchdown on 19-yard grab, also had four catches for 70 yards vs. Georgia State (9/8)
  • Opened 2012 with 13-yards catch vs. NC State (8/31)

2011

  • Games/Starts: 12/12
  • Starting tight end had 29 catches for 344 yards and a TD
  • 21st among all tight ends in NCAA in receptions (3rd in SEC) and 19th in receiving yards (3rd in SEC)
  • Second on UT in catches and receiving yards
  • Equaled entire 2010 season total for catches (11) and passed yards total (112) in third game of 2011 season
  • Finished year with two catches for 18 yards at Kentucky (11/26)
  • Late catch vs. Vanderbilt (11/19) for 11 yards
  • Had three receptions for 32 yards vs. MTSU (11/5)
  • Two catches for 15 yards vs. #14 South Carolina (10/29)
  • Had a catch for 13 yards at #2 Alabama (10/22)
  • Career-high 85 yards on five catches vs. Georgia (10/8)
  • Three catches for 38 yards vs. Buffalo (10/1)
  • Made five catches for 71 yards at #16 Florida (9/17). First-ever TD on 18-yard reception in fourth quarter
  • Career-high six catches for 54 yards vs. Cincinnati (9/10)
  • Most catches in a single-game by a UT tight end since Chris Brown in 2007 with six vs. Cincinnati
  • First-career start at tight end in opener vs. Montana (9/3)

2010

  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Hauled in 11 receptions for 112 yards
  • Caught a critical 26-yard pass on third-and-13 to keep UT's fourth touchdown drive vs. Mississippi alive
  • Catch was a career long and helped him finish with a season-best 35 receiving yards
  • Snatched a career-best three receptions for 29 yards at Memphis
  • First career reception was a seven-yarder in the opener against UT Martin
  • On the receiving end of a 16-yard pass vs. Alabama
  • Posted a pair of receptions good for six yards vs. UAB
  • Hauled in a 15-yard reception against North Carolina in the Music City Bowl

College of the Canyons (2009)

  • Caught 32 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games
  • Receptions and yards both ranked second on team
  • Coach at College of the Canyons: Garrett Tujague

High School

  • Ranked as the No. 39 overall tight end and No. 94 overall prospect in California as a high school senior in 2007 by Rivals.com
  • Scout.com rated him the No. 76 overall prospect in California out of high school
  • As a high school senior, had 21 receptions for 210 yards
  • Caught passes in seven of eight games played
  • Scored three touchdowns
  • Originally signed with Oregon in 2008
  • Helped Birmingham High School to 2007 West Valley League title with a 13-1 record, as well as a fourth-place finish in the final state rankings and a second consecutive City Championship Sectional title
  • Coach at Birmingham Senior High School: Osorio Arnold

Career Highs

  • Receptions -10 vs. Missouri, 11/10/12
  • Receiving Yards - 129 vs. Missouri, 11/10/12
  • Long Reception - 62 at Georgia, 9/29/12
  • Touchdowns - 1 six times, last vs. Kentucky, 11/24/12

Personal

  • Full Name: Mychal Rashawn Rivera
  • Born: September 8, 1990 in Los Angeles, California
  • Son of George and Yolanda Rivera
  • Majoring in Communication Studies