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Ex-LSU QB Stephen Rivers interested in Aztecs

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Depending on how things play out over the next couple of weeks, there could be a pair of Rivers flowing through Qualcomm Stadium this year.

During a radio interview Wednesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long confirmed that (almost) former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers, in a roundabout way, has an interest in transferring to his Aztecs football program.

“There’s been some inquiries from people who know people who know people about whether we’d be interested,” Long said of Rivers. “We’d be interested.”

The 6-7, 223-pound Rivers is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers starting quarterback Philip Rivers, and the opportunity to play in the same city — and the same stadium — appears to appeal to all sides involved.  One potential hangup could be a scholarship, or lack thereof, as Long also confirmed there are none currently available, meaning Rivers would have to become a walk-on if he wanted to transfer to the Aztecs.

Long, though, was quick to note both Ryan Katz and Quinn Kaehler were walk-ons at the position the last two years and started, with the former coming in as a graduate transfer from Oregon State.

“We play the best guys. We could care less if they’re scholarshipped or not,” the coach, who already has five scholarship quarterbacks on his roster, said.

Rivers, a three-star members of the Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class, will graduate in May from LSU and be eligible to play immediately in 2014. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining. Part of the reason for Rivers’ transfer, which his father confirmed last week, is that he was set to be a part of a five-player quarterback competition, which is similar to the situation into which he would enter if he moves on to the Aztecs.

Other programs that have been mentioned in connection to the Athens, Ala., product include Hawaii, Tennessee and North Carolina State, his older brother’s alma mater.

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5 Responses to “Ex-LSU QB Stephen Rivers interested in Aztecs”
  1. suprmous says: Feb 28, 2014 8:58 AM

    I’m still findin this hard to digest. It just doesn’t make sense. Sittin back and watchin him and his work ethic you’d never know there was a problem, if there is a problem. I just hope and pray that he’s not tryin to become another Gunner Kiel. God we’ve had enuff of that.

  2. chinahand11 says: Feb 28, 2014 11:01 AM

    I believe he’s making a good move, he was third string at LSU anyway.

  3. southernpatriots says: Feb 28, 2014 12:07 PM

    Rivers is doing the right thing. Miles and coaches have given him a high recommendation. They will speak with any interested coach personally to help him.

    Stephen is a good man. I wish him well getting on with another team, hopefully one he can join and step in help them immediately.

  4. scbaby2013 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Come on over to the west coast rivers. You’ll graduate with your degree from LSU. Maybe he can work out with big bro and flourish

  5. princeopus says: Mar 1, 2014 12:38 AM

    wisconsin would be a great fit,,,washignton huskies as well

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