Games/Starts: 12/10...Second-year starter at tight end at Tennessee...Third on UT in catches (36) and receiving yards (562) with five touchdowns ... Set UT record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season with 562 in 2012, broke Jason Witten's mark of 493 in 2002...Finished career with a catch in 18 games in a row...Second Vols tight end to have 1,000-plus receiving yards in a career, finishing with 1,018, joining Reggie Harper (record 1,141)...On Senior Day, posted five catches for 64 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass vs. Kentucky (11/24).
Career highs with 10 catches for 129 yards and a 21-yard touchdown catch vs. Missouri (11/10); game marked his first-career 100-yard game...Three catches for 44 yards including a 13-yard touchdown pass from Pig Howard at #17 South Carolina (10/27)...Second-longest catch of career with 43-yarder vs. #1 Alabama (10/20)...Career-long 62-yard reception as part of three catches for 82 yards at #5 Georgia (9/29)... Two catches for 43 yards vs. Akron (9/22) ... Third-career touchdown on a 6-yard pass vs. #18 Florida (9/15) in racking up four catches for 47 yards ... On 22nd birthday, scored second-career touchdown on 19-yard grab, also had four catches for 70 yards vs. Georgia State (9/8) ...Opened 2012 with 13-yards catch vs. NC State (8/31).
Starting tight end had 29 catches for 344 yards and a TD. 21st among all tight ends in NCAA in receptions (3rd in SEC) and 19th in receiving yards (3rd in SEC). Second on UT in catches and receiving yards
Hauled in 11 receptions for 112 yards
Ranked as the No. 39 overall tight end and No. 94 overall prospect in California as a high school senior in 2007 by Rivals.com. Scout.com rated him the No. 76 overall prospect in California out of high school. As a high school senior, had 21 receptions for 210 yards. Caught passes in seven of eight games played. Scored three touchdowns. Originally signed with Oregon in 2008. Helped Birmingham High School to 2007 West Valley League title with a 13-1 record, as well as a fourth-place finish in the final state rankings and a second consecutive City Championship Sectional title. Coach at Birmingham Senior High School: Osorio Arnold
Full Name: Mychal Rashawn Rivera. Born: September 8, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. Son of George and Yolanda Rivera. Majoring in Communication Studies