The 2019 Mississippi State football season begins on Saturday against Louisiana! Today’s spotlighted player is No. 5, Chauncey Rivers.
Rivers was a four-star defensive end prospect coming out of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout.com and ESPN. He also rated as the No. 10 weakside defensive end prospect in the country by 247Sports Composite.
Going into his senior season, Rivers was a member of Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2014 Super 11. He totaled 99 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception on the year. For his accomplishments, Rivers was a member of the Class 5A All-State Team and was named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association 2014 All-State Class 5A First Team Defense. He was also named 2014 DeKalb defensive player of the year.
As a junior, Rivers tallied 108 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He earned 2013 All-State Class 5A Second Team Defense honors.
Following his prep career with the Jaguars, Rivers signed his letter of intent to play at the University of Georgia. He played in four games with Georgia and recorded four tackles, including one for a loss.
He then played one season at East Mississippi Community College. He tallied 45 tackles, eight sacks and a forced fumble in one season with the Lions. He was considered the top pass rusher in the junior college ranks and a consensus four-star defensive end. He ranked No. 7 on Scout.com’s JUCO Top 100 and No. 10 on 247Sports’ Top 100 overall players. He also ranked No. 19 on the ESPN’s JC50. He signed with MSU on Dec. 14, 2016.
In 2017, Rivers earned an academic redshirt in his first year on campus with Mississippi State. Then in 2018, Rivers played in all 13 games and was part of one of the best defensive lines in the country. He recorded 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the year.
Heading into the 2019 season, Rivers moves into a starting role at defensive end on the strong-side after Montez Sweat graduated and moved onto the NFL. Rivers was named as a Preseason All-SEC selection and is poised for a big senior season.