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FCS All-American tweets he’s transferring to WVU

Shaquille Riddick

A little over two months before the start of summer camp, West Virginia has landed what could, literally and figuratively, be a huge piece to its defensive line puzzle.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Friday morning, Shaquille Riddick revealed that he will be climbing up the collegiate football ladder and finishing out his playing career at West Virginia.  The school has yet to announce the addition to its roster, although it appears the defensive lineman is/was in the process of filling out all of the proper paperwork.

Because Riddick is transferring from FCS-level Gardner-Webb (NC) and is a graduate, he will be eligible to play immediately for the Mountaineers in 2014.

Following a 2013 season in which he posted 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 17 quarterback pressures, the 6-7, 262-pound Riddick was named as an Associated Press All-American at defensive end.  He finished second in the country in tackles for loss per game.

And, as reminded by Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com, Riddick had a huge game against Marshall last year with three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

It had been announced earlier this month that Riddick would be looking to move up to the FBS level and play his final season of college ball closer to his home in Akron, Ohio.

“Shaquille has put himself in a position academically to graduate two semesters ahead of schedule and he feels strongly that he should transfer in an attempt to play FBS football closer to home,” Gardner-Webb coach Carroll McCray said in a statement at the time. “We are always disappointed when a young man chooses to leave our program, but we wish him well in his future pursuits. Gardner-Webb football will move on. We look forward to an outstanding 2014 season as we push toward a berth in the FCS playoffs.”

(Photo credit: Gardner-Webb athletics)

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11 Responses to “FCS All-American tweets he’s transferring to WVU”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: May 16, 2014 10:56 AM

    I guess I’m older, I’m in my 30′s, but I’ve never understood the tradition of leaving the sticker on your hat…

    Can someone please explain?

  2. kansacity88 says: May 16, 2014 2:10 PM

    Its just a way for guys to show that:

    A. It’s an authentic New Era 59/50 (because there are some fakes out there too);

    B. To show that it’s new;

    or

    C. To let people know how much they paid for it.

    Its a trend thats been around for a while

  3. cranespy says: May 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    Great pick up for what looks like a no better than 6-6 Mountaineer squad. For those of us who are Eeer fans…. Thank God we have Womens Soccer and Womens Basketball to represent us in the Big 12…..thus far WVU football and basketball squads have been in over their heads in the conference.

  4. drummerhoff says: May 16, 2014 9:59 PM

    In 2 Big12 seasons, WVU split games with 6 Big12 schools and lost both to TT, KSt and OK.

  5. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 17, 2014 12:05 AM

    It amazes me that people thought we would stroll right into the 12 and own it. These same people are the ones who regularly call for Holgorsens head. To win in the 12 you need a level of talent we did not have when we left the big east. There is a huge difference between playing a regular season in the east and gearing up for one big bowl game. Even when we beat the big guys at that one big game its still not the same as winning all season against them. Not even Saban could walk into the 12 with our team and own it. Now we can see how dana is loading up for this new level of play. Keep the faith guys were not in the little east any more. Dana will get us there he just needs a little more time.

  6. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 2:03 AM

    although I agree we need to make a better showing, and believe we will. I just agonize being in a new league again. ive always said that it took years for us to get fair treatment in basketball in the big east. when our football team picked up the slack after the first Acc raid. And now where in a new conference, and I got to go out and get the longhorn network. Not to be ungrateful for the 12. I am . But all real mountaineers know that we need eastern football back. give me Syracuse,Boston college, rutgers temple, pitt and those perverted nittany lions any day.

  7. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 2:13 AM

    iwish I agree with you. but you have to see the hiring of the ex psu coach as a midseason replacement if we go too far south.

  8. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: May 17, 2014 8:43 AM

    That is a good call on the hiring statement, however
    I do not like a defensive head coach in the 12. I feel to really compete in this league we need an offensive mind. I have only herd good things about Bradley, but I worry about a conservative defensive HC for us in this situation. I absolutely think that the only way we do not get set back more years is to stick with dana.

  9. cranespy says: May 17, 2014 9:29 AM

    Perhaps I need to be more optimistic….I realize we had no other viable option….but the Bug 12 for FANS is much like the CUSA is for Marshall. Most fans just can’t go to away games anymore…..at least Looeyville, Cincy, Pitt etc were geographically a better fit for those of us who would drive to a road game…..it’s just not possible now. I know it wasn’t an option but the ACC would at least have been fan friendly.

  10. v2the4 says: May 17, 2014 10:40 AM

    money broke up the big east….and great rivalries around the country…if WVU didnt join the Big 12, then they would have had to join Marshall in conference USA or would have been a part of the former big east, the AAC…..

  11. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 3:55 PM

    I personally am rooting for the AAC to thrive. all these conference raids seem bent on elitism. but in my opinion all they do is water college football down. The first raid created south Florida, put Cincinnati and Louisville in legitimate conferences. and Central Florida has a bcs victory.

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