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76 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Josh Rivas

In which BracketCat counts down the 76th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Josh Rivas.

#76 Josh Rivas
Josh Rivas (76) saw a significant amount of playing time in 2018 as a redshirt freshman and could be in line to become a full-time starter at guard.
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#76 Josh Rivas

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-6 | 323 lbs. | Hutchinson, Kansas
Josh Rivas
Josh Rivas
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Joshua David Rivas (b. April 12, 1999) is a big offensive lineman who redshirted in 2017, drew two starts in 2018 and will compete for a starting offensive guard position in 2019.

Rivas saw significant action at guard in all 12 games last season, including starts at TCU and Iowa State. He helped the Wildcats to finish third in the Big 12 by averaging 182.6 rushing yards per game, which included a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second.

Rivas was a three-star-rated player by Rivals who also had offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri and Purdue. But he apparently had been a K-State fan since the age of 5, when he was watching Darren Sproles dance around people.

Rivas played under head coach Ryan Cornelsen at Hutchinson High School.

He was regarded as the 50th-best guard in the Class of 2017 by ESPN, while he was rated the third-best player in the state of Kansas by ESPN and 247Sports.

Rivas was a two-time USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team member, a two-time all-state honoree by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, and an honorable mention pick by both media organizations as a sophomore.

He also earned all-state honors from the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) as a senior, was named to The Wichita Eagle and KFBCA top-11 teams in 2016, earned All-Midlands Region accolades from PrepStar, and also participated in track and field.

Rivas was named the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after helping the Salthawks to earn a 10-2 record and rush for 356 yards per game. He was selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl.