Former LSU and Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers is headed to Northwestern State, according to a press release.

Rivers will join five returning quarterback contenders trying to win the Demons’ starting job for the Sept. 3 season opener in Turpin Stadium against Southeastern Louisiana. Last year at Vanderbilt, Rivers played in four games, starting against Ole Miss, and played in four games at LSU in 2012 as the backup to NFL quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Rivers, who has his undergraduate degree in business from LSU, will be pursuing a sport administration master’s degree this fall. He began graduate school at Vanderbilt.

“We’re excited to add a quarterback with the maturity and ability that Stephen brings to Demon football. We are going to have a very lively competition for playing time at that position, to say the least,” said Jay Thomas, entering his third season as NSU’s head coach. “There’s a few different skill sets in the mix that we can take advantage of with our multiple offense.”

Rivers will compete with junior Daniel Hazlewood, sophomores J.D. Almond, Joel Blumenthal, T.J. Fleeton, and Nick Fabrizio when preseason camp opens Aug. 4.