CAREER: He has 240 career tackles, including 18.5 for losses.
2007: Rivers started for his third season at weakside linebacker as a senior in 2007 and turned in an All-American season. Overall in 2007 while starting 12 games (he missed the Arizona State game with a sprained left ankle suffered at California), he had 78 tackles (second on USC), including 5 for losses of 15 yards, plus 4 deflections, a team-high 3 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He was 1 of 10 semifinalists for the 2007 Butkus Award and 1 of 17 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, as well as an SI.com All-American first team, Pro Football Weekly All-American first team, Walter Camp All-American second team, Phil Steele's All-American third team and Collegefootballnews.com All-American honorable mention pick. Rivers was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 first team (for the second year in a row), ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team and Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 first team. He was a USC team captain. He won USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award. He was a Senior Bowl invitee. He was named to the 2007 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle to remove bone spurs following 2007 spring practice.
He had a team-best 6 tackles with a deflection versus Idaho, a game-high 10 tackles with a deflection at Nebraska and a game-best 14 tackles against Washington State (the most by a Trojan since Lofa Tatupu had 14 versus Oregon State in 2003) with 2.5 for a loss. He then had 4 tackles and a deflection at Washington, 6 stops and a deflection against Stanford, 6 tackles (1 for a loss)and a fumble recovery at Arizona and a tackle and fumble recovery at Notre Dame. He had 12 tackles at Oregon, a team-best 7 tackles against Oregon State, 4 stops at California and 3 tackles, including 1 for a loss in which he forced and recovered a fumble (to set up a USC TD) against UCLA. He had 5 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Illinois.
2006: Rivers started for his second season at weakside linebacker as a junior in 2006 and proved to be a dominant force. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had a team-high 85 tackles, including 7.5 for losses of 22 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 9 yards), plus a team-best 3 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 2 deflections. He made the 2006 Pro Football Weekly All-American honorable mention, All-Pac-10 first team, ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Rivals.com All-Pac-10 first team and Scout.com All-Pac-10 second team. He won USC's Bob Chandler Award.
He had a team-best 8 tackles, with a fumble recovery and forced fumble, at Arkansas to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He added 5 stops (with 1 for a loss) versus Nebraska, 3 tackles (with a sack) at Arizona and 5 tackles at Washington State. He had a game-best 12 tackles (1 for a loss), plus 2 deflections, against Washington and a team-best 8 tackles (1 for a loss) against Arizona State. He had 5 tackles (with a sack) at Oregon State, 5 more tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered at Stanford and a game-best 10 tackles against Oregon. He made 6 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against California, 4 stops (1 for a loss) and forced a fumble that USC recovered versus Notre Dame and 5 tackles (1 for a loss) at UCLA. He had a game-best 9 tackles against Michigan.
2005: Rivers started at weakside linebacker job as a sophomore in 2005 and proved effective. Overall in 2005 while starting 11 games (he missed the Stanford game with a hamstring strain suffered prior to the Washington game and then the UCLA game after re-straining his hamstring against Fresno State), he had 52 tackles, including 3 for losses of 17 yards (with an 11-yard sack), plus had a team-best 2 fumble recoveries and returned an interception 14 yards. He saw limited action at Washington because of the hamstring strain, then re-strained it early in the Fresno State contest and was sidelined. He made 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He had 3 tackles at Hawaii, 7 against Arkansas, 8 (with 2 for losses) at Oregon and 6 at Arizona State. He added a stop against Arizona, then a game-best 12 tackles (with a sack), plus an interception (to set up a USC TD) and fumble recovery, at Notre Dame. He made 1 tackle at Washington before sitting out with the sore hamstring and another tackle versus Washington State in restricted play before sitting out the Stanford contest. He returned to get 6 tackles with a fumble recovery at California, then had 2 tackles in limited action versus Fresno State. He made 5 tackles against Texas.
2004: Rivers saw significant playing time as a backup weakside linebacker behind Matt Grootegoed, as a defensive end in pass rushing situations and on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2004. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 25 tackles, including 3 for losses of 23 yards (with 2.5 sacks for 22 yards), plus had a deflection and returned an interception 22 yards. He made the 2004 The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He had 5 tackles against Colorado State, 4 versus Washington (with the interception) and Oklahoma and 3 against Stanford and Arizona.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2003 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American, Insiders.com All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast, FOX Sports Net All-South, Gatorade Florida Player of the Year and Florida Class 6A Mr. Football runnerup as a senior linebacker at Lake Mary (Fla.) High. He had 111 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2003. As a junior in 2002, he was a Student Sports Junior All-American and Florida Class 5A second team honoree as he posted 160 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. He made All-State as a sophomore in 2001 when he had 100-plus tackles.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC. He was born in Riverside (Calif.) and lived in nearby San Bernardino for 8 years during his youth.
KEITH RIVERS ON: His play: "I'm just living up to my expectations and trying to do the best each game. I'm not really worried about how other people think I'm doing. I'm just doing the best that I can...I try my hardest to maximize every down...I just want to keep improving each game, each day. Get better, don't take any steps backwards."
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Pete Carroll: "He is really fast and tough. He has an unusual body in that he can strike guys in a small space and unload on them."
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