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Baltimore Ravens Sign Former UB Receiver Marcus Rivers

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Lackawana Native will take a shot at the NFL

Marcus Rivers, fresh off a stint in the CFL, will be trying out with an NFL team for the second time.

Ravens add wide receiver Marcus Rivers, cut quarterback Dayne Crist - baltimoresun.com
Rivers is an imposing target at 6 feet 3, 220 pounds. He was cut last year by the Green Bay Packers after going undrafted.

He has also had stints with the Calgary Stampeders and Edmondton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.

As a junior, he caught 50 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns. As a senior, he was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and here's a link to his highlight tape.

Rivers, who spent most of his Buffalo playing days in the shadow of Naaman Roosevelt, had just 35 receiving yards entering his junior season. It was during his final two at Buffalo that he would distinguish himself.

The receiver put up more than 1300 yards in two seasons moving up to ninth in UB's record book for all time receiving yards and tenth receiving touchdowns.

During his first two seasons, under Turner Gill, the Lackawana Native had some issues trying to secure the catch before trying to take off up field, that along with the combination of Roosevelt and Brett Hamlin kept Rivers from getting many opportunities.

During the Jeff Quinn transition in 2010 Rivers quickly became one of the most reliable receivers on the team.

YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2011 60 615 10.3 29 2
2010 50 690 13.8 81 5
2009 5 35 7 10 1
2008 2 11 5.5 7 0

If you want to keep track of Marcus Rivers be sure to check out Baltimore Beat Down.