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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.




  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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


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