After giving a pair of FBS programs that old college try, the brother of Philip Rivers has decided to drop down a rung on the Div. I ladder.
Northwestern State head coach Jay Thomas confirmed late last week that Stephen Rivers has transferred into his football program. Because the Demons play at the FCS level, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2015.
This season will mark Rivers’ final year of eligibility.
“We’re excited to add a quarterback with the maturity and ability that Stephen brings to Demon football. We are going to have a very lively competition for playing time at that position, to say the least,” Thomas said in a statement released by the school. “There’s a few different skill sets in the mix that we can take advantage of with our multiple offense.”
Rivers was originally a three-star member of LSU’s 2011 recruiting class. It was announced in February of 2014 that Rivers would be leaving the Tigers after playing in just four games in three years, ultimately ending up at Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer.
After playing in four games for the Commodores in 2014, Vandy announced in January of this year that if had given Rivers a release from his scholarship.
Rivers will immediately enter into the mix for a starting job as NSU is looking to replace record-breaking senior starter Zach Adkins.
“In searching for a school to finish my academic and football career, I put a bug in some teams’ ears that I thought might have interest in a transfer veteran quarterback. Northwestern State responded to my interest with interest of their own,” said Rivers in his own statement. “I was looking for a school with a sport administration master’s program, and NSU has that. On my visit to Northwestern State, I really enjoyed seeing the historic city, and the football venue in Natchitoches.
“The coaching staff and players at Northwestern State seem to have something special brewing. I watched film with the coaches and I feel that I am a good fit for the system they run,” said Rivers. “I am excited to get started this summer and meet my new teammates. I look forward to applying all I have learned in my four years in the SEC and doing whatever I can to help Northwestern State win a conference championship.”