Rivers, who is averaging 11.2 yards per punt return this year, gives West Virginia what amounts to an extra first down every time he runs back a punt. And with an explosive offense waiting to take the field and make use of the excellent field position he typically provides, opposing defenses are at more of a disadvantage than ever before.
Rivers was at his elusive best against East Carolina, averaging 15.5 yards per return on six tries. His skill at first securing the ball, then making defenders miss, have turned the punt return into yet another offensive weapon for the Mountaineers.
In this interview, Rivers discusses the process of making the catch, reveals a bit of a secret about looking upfield, and shares his goals in the punt return game.