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76 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Josh Rivas

In which BracketCat counts down the 76th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Josh Rivas.

#76 Josh Rivas
On a 2021 offensive line that returns eight players who started at least one game in 2020, Josh Rivas (76) has by far the most experience with 33 games played and 10 starts at left guard (2018 and 2020).
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#76 Josh Rivas

Redshirt Senior | 6-6 | 320 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 10 starts in 2018 and 2020, and also saw significant action at offensive guard in 2019.

Rivas saw significant action at guard in all 12 games in 2018, 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 also played in all 13 games in 2019 as a regular in the rotation at offensive guard, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press.

He helped the Wildcats to rank fourth in the Big 12 Conference with 178 rushing yards per game and third in the league with 29 rushing touchdowns.

Entering 2020, Pro Football Focus rated Rivas the highest-graded returning interior offensive lineman in the Power 5 conferences.

He started each of the first eight games of the season at left guard and was an integral part of an offensive unit that tied for first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in sacks allowed (14), while the Wildcats led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in red zone offense (93.9%).

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.

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 also was selected to play in the 2017 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

A final thought worth noting: Rivas is a first-generation college student — he and his sister are the first in their family to attend college — and you can read a great story about it here.