Florida defensive back to transfer to Notre Dame
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 February 19, 2014 11:12PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 2:07AM
Notre Dame’s secondary is getting a boost from the SEC.
Cody Riggs, a defensive back who started all 12 games last year for Florida, will transfer to Notre Dame. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play for the Irish this fall.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” Riggs said in a statement. “I fully intend to make the most of this opportunity by not only giving my absolute best effort, but also leading by example both on and off the field.
“Being on campus, meeting with the academic personnel and interacting with the Notre Dame players helped me dot the I’s and cross the T’s on what has been the toughest decision of my life. I am excited about working hard in the classroom and expanding my professional network in pursuit of a graduate degree from Notre Dame. I am equally excited to contribute on the field and make some big plays to help the team win games.”
Riggs played in 40 career games for the Gators. He saw action at cornerback and safety. He had 51 tackles and broke up three passes at safety in 2013.
He has 107 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and eight pass breakups in his career.
“Cody Riggs is an outstanding player,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He played a ton of football at Florida having started at both safety and corner back. Cody definitely brings veteran leadership and versatility to our team and defense.
“He will help us immediately but, more importantly, Cody is a great kid with a tremendous focus on both football and academics. His decision to complete his collegiate playing career and pursue a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame speaks volumes about both our program and university.”
Riggs will graduate from Florida in May and join the Notre Dame program in June.