Cole Popovich
Cole  Popovich

Oakhurst, Calif.

High School:

Fresno State: An honors candidate in his fourth year as a starter ... has battled injuries in his career, but when healthy there's not a better guard in the WAC ... a strong and tough player ... leads by his work ethic and toughness ... coming off an outstanding season ... was the first true freshman of the Pat Hill Era to start on the offensive line in 2004 ... medically redshirted in 2004 after suffering an injury in his second game, causing him to sit out the remainder of the year ... joined the team in January 2004 ... has tremendous physical ability and strength for his age ... one of the strongest players on the team and was the first freshman in program history to squat 600 pounds. (2007) Started seven games for the Bulldogs ... was injured against Texas A&M and missed the next six games ... returned to start the final five games of the season, including the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl win over Georgia Tech. (2006) Starter at both right and left guard ... earned the Paul Schechter Courage Award, given to the Fresno State student-athlete who has overcome injuries or physical hardships ... a member of a Bulldog line that set a school record for fewest quarterback sacks (12) ... opened holes for Dwayne Wright, the No. 6 rusher in the NCAA. (2005) A unanimous selection for first-team Freshman All-American (Sporting News, Football Writers, College Football News, honors after starting 12 of 13 games at left guard ... was instrumental in Fresno State's offensive prowess all season, which produced a 1,000-yard rusher, a 3,000-yard passer and averaged just under 40 points per game. (2004) Suffered a bicep tendon injury against Kansas State and missed the remainder of the season ... was a medical redshirt ... came off the bench in the opener at Washington and then started against KSU ... Popovich actually injured the arm during preseason practice but recovered in time for the start of the season ... enrolled at Fresno State in January and went through spring drills with the team.

High School: First-team selection on the Fresno Bee's All-Star team as a offensive lineman ... was a three-year starter and two-time All-Central Sequoia League selection ... guided Yosemite to the Sequoia Division Large School championship with a 12-1 record ... recruited by Nebraska and UCLA ... the first player in school history to receive a Division I scholarship ... strong and physical player.

Personal: Born Feb. 15, 1985 ... parents' names are Eli and Linda Rivas ... has one brother, Justin, and one sister, Michelle ... enjoys playing video games ... chose to attend Fresno State because he likes the program and likes the coaches ... lists his biggest athletics thrill as winning the CIF championship in high school.

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