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Notre Dame adds versatility to defensive secondary with Florida transfer

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Notre Dame has confirmed the upcoming transfer of defensive back Cody Riggs. Riggs adds some versatility to the Notre Dame defensive secondary after playing both safety and defensive back at Florida.

“Cody Riggs is an outstanding player,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in a release shared by the university. “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.”

Because Riggs is graduating from Florida this spring, he will be eligible to play for Notre Dame this fall under NCAA transfer rules. He is expected to join the Irish over the summer, in June.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” said Riggs. “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.

In 40 career games at Florida Riggs started 26 games and was  apart of a Florida defense that ranked second in opponent passer rating in 2012 and eighth in 2013. Notre Dame ranked 39th in opponent passer rating in 2013, about 13 points higher than Florida allowed.

Riggs will likely fill in a spot in the secondary left vacant by a graduating Bennett Jackson.

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7 Responses to “Notre Dame adds versatility to defensive secondary with Florida transfer”
  1. ttalarico says: Feb 19, 2014 12:04 PM

    Welcome to ND Cody!

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 12:06 PM

    Any reason for the transfer?

  3. thewiseowloftruth says: Feb 19, 2014 1:14 PM

    What classes will the young lad be taking at Notre Dame?

  4. jonkybon says: Feb 19, 2014 2:01 PM

    Last time I checked, the Safety position was a Defensive Back. Did it move?

  5. northerndomer20 says: Feb 19, 2014 3:00 PM

    Apparently a graduate player in the school of business.

  6. stopthemadness101 says: Feb 19, 2014 7:16 PM

    Who can blame him for wanting to get out of Gainesville?

  7. noaxetogrind says: Feb 19, 2014 11:53 PM

    I never have a problem with any kid transferring. It’s their life and I imagine most of them know more about what is best for them than we do. I do think it is a sign of the times though. This kid was a solid player for Florida at safety. He asks to move to corner for his personal development to enhance his NFL possibilities and is honestly told that he isn’t going to beat out the two guys slotted in there. (one is the highest rated returning corner in college football and the other is the highest rated corner coming out of high school who is on campus and going to spring practice) Result, transfer. Again, not criticizing, just wondering if this isn’t just another example of the instant gratification society in which we live.

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