Outside of digging up some old game tape from Florida, it’s tough to know what to expect from Cody Riggs. On paper, his 26 starts at Florida — on one of the SEC’s best defenses — validate his reputation, part of the reason why our panel judged him the 14th best player on the Irish roster.
But he’s starting with a blank slate at Notre Dame. Something the official bio and roster take quite literally. Yet Riggs’ time in South Bend this summer and early performance at camp, make it appear that Riggs will have a fairly substantial role on the Irish defense.
The veteran defensive back will have as many jobs as he can handle, working with punt and kick returners as well as bouncing inside and out in Kerry Cooks secondary, a multifaceted weapon with both safety and cornerback skills that feels like a custom fit for Brian VanGorder’s multiple defense.
We’ll hopefully get a chance to talk with Riggs before the season starts with Media Day availability a few weeks away. But UND.com’s Jack Nolan pulled Riggs out of the cold tub at Culver Academy and got an update from the grad school transfer himself.
If you’ve got five more minutes, our friends at UND.com also took a closer look at the cornerback position, where it becomes pretty clear that this group will be playing wide receivers much more physical this season.