Riverside's Gun-Slinger one to watch in 2011

This past season, one of the top JUCO signal-callers in the state of California, if not the entire country, was Riverside's Dalton Livingston (6-0, 185). JCFootball.com spoke to the talented gun-slinger recently and he updated us on things including what led him to transfer from Mt. San Antonio to a school like Riverside which hasn't had much success on the gridiron...

Livingston had a solid prep career at Seven Lakes (Katy, Tx.) High School, but with his team running an offense that didn't feature his arm much and not posting a lot in the way of wins, he didn't get the attention he probably deserved.

"We were something like 4-20 while I was the starter, so that didn't help much," Livingston admitted with a chuckle recently. "We also ran a pro-style offense and I only got about 18 passes per game, so I didn't put up big numbers.

"I knew I wanted to keep playing and felt I could do it at the highest level and there's nothing like California for JC football.

"I came out here and looked at about 10 schools and Mt. SAC was the best one I saw and I really believed in coach (Tom) Kraft, so I went there and I greyshirted in 2009."

After the 2009 season was over, Kraft took the head job with the Tigers and soon thereafter, Livingston followed his mentor to help establish a new norm for Riverside football.

"I felt like my job here was to be a leader and to help my teammates get used to winning," Livingston said. "We are trying to establish something here and we just need to get used to winning.

"I already knew the system coming here, so that helped me lead the team better and that allowed me to help others learn the system too."

While leading his team to a 10-1 record with their only loss to eventual National Champ Mt. San Antonio, Livingston completed nearly 60% of his passes for 2,746 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

"I felt like I played well, but you always can work on things," Livingston said. "I want to work on coming off my primary receiver more and checking down to my backs instead of holding it too long and then I feel like I could manage the clock a little better.

"It's stuff like that, that seem small, but really they can make all the difference in a game."

On the recruiting front, Livingston said during the season he got a lot of attention from schools looking to insert him in their spread attacks, but none stepped forward with an offer.

"Middle Tennessee was the school that was really talking to me a lot and seemed the most interested," Livingston noted. "Things just never amounted to much though and I didn't get an offer, so I really didn't have much other than that.

"Other than them, UTEP talked to me a little and Virginia and Louisiana Tech were talking to me, but it never really went past that."

Livingston plans to stay at Riverside and direct their attack this fall and then hopes to sign with a school during the mid-year signing period.

Wherever he ends up he will have three years to play two.

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