College Football: Florida transfer Cody Riggs gives Irish experience in the secondary
By LaMond Pope email@example.com or 713-2691 Twitter: @lamondpope August 9, 2014 10:54PM
Updated: August 12, 2014 12:46AM
SOUTH BEND — Cody Riggs considered attending Notre Dame while going through the recruiting process in high school.
He ultimately picked Florida.
But when the opportunity came to make a move for his final year of eligibility, the cornerback didn’t want to pass up another chance to play for the Irish.
“It was a perfect fit for football and a perfect fit for graduate school,” Riggs said after Saturday’s practice. “When I decided to leave (Florida), I looked at a couple of schools, but Notre Dame was the best fit for me. I got along with (defensive coordinator Brian) VanGorder early on and (secondary) coach (Kerry) Cooks early on. I already had a relationship with (running backs/recruiting coordinator) coach (Tony) Alford dating back to high school. It was the best fit for me on and off the field.”
If an interception during Saturday’s practice is any indication, Riggs is fitting in just fine.
“He brings a lot of leadership and experience,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “He’s very helpful.”
Riggs is immediately eligible to play this season for the Irish because of the NCAA graduate transfer rule. Before coming to South Bend, Riggs started all 12 games at safety in 2013 for the Gators. He had 51 tackles and broke up three passes. He played 40 career games at Florida and saw action at cornerback and safety. Riggs has 107 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and eight pass breakups in his career.
“What I learned from playing in the SEC is you can’t take any plays off. Every play is important. It’s a very competitive league,” Riggs said. “Notre Dame plays a competitive schedule every year. They are always playing somebody who is in the top 25 or close to it. It’s very similar schedule-wise.”
The similarities continue with the styles of defense.
“Both very aggressive,” Riggs said. “There are just a couple of different things, but in the end of the day the philosophy is the same. You want to be aggressive and disrupt timing.”
Notes: Wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr. will miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade 3 groin tear. “Fairly significant injury,” Kelly said. … Linebacker Ben Council and offensive lineman Matt Hegarty were out with concussions. … Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock, who is recovering from a surgical procedure, made an appearance at Saturday’s practice. “He’ll be able to do maybe an hour a day for the next week or so, couple of weeks and gradually increase his time with us,” Kelly said.