Riggs to transfer to Notre Dame
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Former Florida defensive back Cody Riggs is going to end his college career at Notre Dame.
Riggs, a former starter at cornerback and safety for the Gators, is transferring to Notre Dame, Irish coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday in a release by the school.
Riggs will graduate from UF in May and will be a graduate student at Notre Dame, where he will be eligible to play this season.
“Cody Riggs is an outstanding player," Kelly said. "He played a ton of football at Florida having started at both safety and cornerback. 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 have a chance to play cornerback at Notre Dame. He was expected to remain at safety if he’d returned to UF for his final year of eligibility. Riggs has said he considers cornerback his more natural position in his attempt to pursue an NFL career.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” Riggs said in the Notre Dame release. “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.”