Barquell Rivers

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  • Barquell
  • Rivers

  • Position
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  • Height
    6' 0
  • Weight
    250 lbs.
  • High School/Other
    Anson County
  • Hometown
    Wadesboro, N.C.
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Pronounced bar-KWELL

2011: Played in 12 games, starting two at mike linebacker ... Played 150 snaps on defense and 42 on special teams for a total of 192 ... Has 16 tackles, a half a tackle for loss, an interception and two quarterback hurries on the season ... Had four tackles, including two solo and a QB hurry against Appalachian State ... Saw action on special teams at ECU ... Was in on two special teams plays in the win over Arkansas State ... Worked 10 defensive snaps and two on special teams at Marshall ... Played four special teams snaps against Clemson and seven more against Miami ... Picked up a tackle at Wake Forest while playing both defense and special teams ... Filled in at mike linebacker for the injured Bruce Taylor in the second half of the BC game and posted four tackles with a quarterback hurry ... Started at Duke and had five tackles, including an assist on one behind the line of scrimmage ... Made a clinching interception in the fourth quarter to end Duke's final drive ... Picked up a tackle at Georgia Tech ... Drew another start at mike linebacker against UNC and made a tackle ... Worked six total snaps at Virginia, including three on defense.

2010: Returned to practice during the fall but had trouble working his way back to full speed … His only time on the field was on kickoff coverage in the Orange Bowl game against Stanford … Went through the off-season program … Was in on seven tackles, including one behind the line, during the first full spring scrimmage … Posted three tackles and broke up a pass in the Maroon-White game … Earned the Don Williams TEAM UNITED award as the defensive player who put the team first during spring workouts.

2009: Started all 13 games at mike linebacker … Also started on the extra point and field goal block team … Had 96 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six QB hurries and four passes broken up … Posted 11 tackles in the Alabama game, including one for a 2-yard loss … Had six tackles and a fumble recovery against Marshall … Led the team with 10 tackles against Nebraska … Also broke up a pair of passes … Had a tackle for loss among his five hits in the Miami game … Registered seven tackles in the Duke game … Was in on four tackles against Boston College … Led the team with a career-high 16 tackles at Georgia Tech … Had a team-leading 12 tackles with a pass breakup against UNC … Was in on six tackles at East Carolina … Had a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and three total tackles at Maryland … Led the team with nine tackles against NC State and also contributed three QB hurries … Was in on five tackles against Virginia … Had two tackles for loss against Tennessee during the Chick-fil-A game … Ruptured his left quadriceps tendon during off-season workouts … Underwent successful surgery and sat out spring practice.

2008: Saw action in nine games prior to a start in the Orange Bowl, working 28 plays on defense and 26 on special teams … Had 10 total tackles, including two in the bowl game … Contributed two tackles and a quarterback hurry against ECU in his first game … Was in on three tackles against Furman … Collected a tackle on kickoff coverage during the Maryland game … Posted two tackles during four plays on the kickoff team against Virginia … Picked up seven special team plays in the ACC title game win over Boston College … Made his first collegiate start in the Orange Bowl against Cincinnati … Made a key stop on a fourth-down play at the goal line … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during off-season work … Posted a 346-pound clean and a 341-pound jerk … Went into spring practice as the No. 1 mike linebacker.

2007: Redshirted as a mike linebacker during the fall … Bench pressed 355 pounds after arriving on campus … His 360-pound jerk during off-season workouts equalled the third-best effort on the team … Earned Iron Hokie honors in the process … Was in on four tackles in one spring scrimmage and had three tackles and forced a fumble in another … Won the Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer of the spring.

High School: An All-America and All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar … Had 171 tackles and five interceptions (three for touchdowns) as a senior for Coach Jody Groom … As a junior, recorded 130 tackles and had three interceptions … Holds the school record in both tackles and starts … In his best game as a senior he registered 21 tackles, blocked a field goal and took part in a goal-line stand … Earned all-state honors at the linebacker position both seasons … Was named all-conference his last three seasons … Earned a spot on the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team … Listed as the No. 14 overall player on the North Carolina 35 by SuperPrep … Rated the No. 19 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 25 middle linebacker in the country by Scout … Listed as the No. 63 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals … A member of the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Team his senior year.

Personal: Barquell Rivers … Born 12/19/88 in Wadesboro, NC … Son of Norma Rivers and Ronnie Hall … Graduated during spring 2011 with a degree in apparel, housing and resource management (residential property management) … Is working on a second undergraduate degree in human development.