Fresno State Bulldogs

Rivers named as one of the most versatile players in college football

Fresno State junior running back Ronnie Rivers was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list Thursday. 

The Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in college football. 

Rivers is one of 44 players on the list, and is joined by two others from the Mountain West: San Diego State running back Juwan Washington and Boise State defensive back Avery Williams. 

This is the second watch list of the preseason for Rivers. He was added to the Doak Walker Award watch list last week, which is presented to the best running back in college football. 

In his first two years at Fresno State, Rivers has 1,223 rushing yards, but has also been capable as a receiver and punt returner, totaling 1,836 all-purpose yards. 

Rivers scored the game-winning touchdown against Boise State in the Mountain West Championship game last season. He was also the MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl, where he rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns. 

He is the son of Ron Rivers, who is the son of Ron Rivers, the second-leading rusher in Fresno State history. 

The Hornung Award will be presented at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 4, 2020. 

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.