Hawaii wide receiver Jason Rivers was not among the 11 Warriors named to the All-WAC team yesterday. Maybe that's because he plays his best games in nonconference events.
In three Hawaii bowls, Rivers has 42 catches for 599 yards and six touchdowns. In three games against Pac-10 teams, he has 30 receptions for 487 yards and seven scores.
After Saturday's four-TD, 14-reception, 167-yard effort against Washington, Rivers became UH's third 1,000-yard receiver this season, tying the NCAA record.
Rivers didn't make All-WAC first team, but he made WAC Player of the Week yesterday.
He's at his best in the big games, and looks forward to going up against No. 4 Georgia in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.
"It's the same thing when we played Arizona State and Washington. I'm anxious to go up there and see what they have to offer us as far as competition is concerned, the level of play they have," said Rivers, who also has the longest current streak of games with at least one catch. "I know they're an excellent team ... just inches away from being in a national title game. It's going to be a good test for us."
The Warriors return to practice Dec. 13. Meanwhile, they'll work out on their own and focus on final exams.
"We get back to work today," Rivers said. "I don't think anyone's going to gear down because there's just too much excitement and everybody's geared up for the game.
"Nobody's going to stop working now."