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Q&A: Cody Riggs

Florida redshirt junior Cody Riggs (St. Thomas Aquinas) has essentially grabbed one of UF's two starting safety spots -- without coach Will Muschamp officially confirming as much.

The Gators have spent the offseason searching for replacements for NFL rookies Matt Elam and Josh Evans, and Riggs “has distanced himself” from the pack," according to UF's coach.  

“He’s done a good job,” Muschamp said. “Past that, we’ve got to get better.”

Riggs was recruited to Florida as a cornerback but is readily welcoming the opportunity of a starting job at another position.  

Earlier this week, Riggs spoke about people's size concerns (5-foot-9, 184 pounds), learning from Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, the disappointment in missing most of the 2012 season with a broken foot and more...

On watching lots of Thomas' film:

“He’s very fast to the ball and knows what’s going on before the play. He’s a very smart football player. He makes a lot of plays before the ball gets snapped. I’m trying to add that to my game and recognize what the offense is doing it before they actually do it.”

On overcoming size issue:

“I’m very fast. I’m very physical. I’m a smart football player. I make a lot of calls. I have a great relationship with the other safeties, so when we work together, we can do a lot of things. ...  I can jump high. That’s not an issue. Being a smaller guy, it’s all about body position. It’s not about jumping. If you have good body position, I can jump, so I’ll be fine. ... I’m not scared of anybody.”

On last season's injury in the Texas A&M game:

"It was very frustrating. I didn’t even know how I fractured my foot. It was just the middle of the game, and I told them, ‘something is wrong.’ Come to find out, my foot was broke. It was heartbreaking because we were having such a good season and I had to sit back and watch those guys do all those things they did last year. ... It’s tough to sit there and watch. You learn to appreciate the game a lot more, especially when you sit out and we have a season like we had where we go to the Sugar Bowl. It was frustrating to watch, but I was the number one fan.”

On battling adversity:

"I remember like it was yesterday, just coming off that sideline and saying, ‘I can’t walk.’ That really motivated me going into this year that I had to prove myself. That was a big deal to me. That was my third year. Even though I did get a redshirt, the junior year is very important. It hurt a lot. I’m excited about this year.”

On the big shoes to fill:

"Yeah, Josh [Evans] was like my big brother since I got here. He was the host on my visit. We were really cool. I just have to model my game after him.”

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This place is really really DEAD

YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNNNN

Seriously...do Gator fans REALLY think their coming down at 12:00 noon second game and "handling" us??

Haha...I mean...seriously...if you break down the facts....it does NOT look good for you.

That's a strong statement, 35-17.

I am interested in seeing the latest line on the game. Two months ago, Golden Nugget placed the Gators as 2.5-point favorites.

Jessie, they're nothing but preseason champs EVERY year! It's been the same story for going on 10 years now. The canes are going to destroy everyone, they're the best team in the country, they're back blah blah blah. Then the season starts and reality sets in. The next thing you know, they're 7-6 and criticizing everyone in the program from the special teams coach all the way up to Donna Shalala. It really is quite entertaining!

**************************** MARK IT DOWN ****************************

4**** CB - Quincy Wilson, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale University School


4**** CB - Chris Lammons, 5-10, 185, Plantation


5***** WR - Ermon Lane, 6-2, 200, Homestead


************** Will ALL Be GATORS after Monday Night **************

And then 8-10 more of the TOP-150 **** - ***** Studs that will commit during the Season, Dec.-Jan. and Feb. Signing Day... Meanwhile u will get no more except 7-8 more uNRANKED - 2 star scrub projects (and the usual Sept./August kicked off transfers that can't hack it where they originally signed) when 7-8 of ur barely 3-4 stars decommit to bolt to much better offers. Oh and the NCAA will nail u with 40 Schollies over 5 years with a 10 year repeat offender Probation. HALF uR CLASS WAS NOT OFFERED By ANY Top-20 PROGRAM... HALF !!! And Half that were, will say BuH BYE during the Season... u'LL see... AGAIN.

The BEST comes to those who wait, FOR THE BEST, u DuMB CLuCKS... And uR 2014 cup is full will half-full tainted average cane thang kool-aid recruits and an eventual barely Top-20 Recruiting class while the BIG BOY Programs will clean up...

Canes... Riding HIGH in Spring n Summer ... Shot DOWN in Fall n Winter.

Again.

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HOLA ARTY !!!

Gou cant be #1 title town with only 3 ships'!

Seriously...do Gator fans REALLY think their coming down at 12:00 noon second game and "handling" us??


Well, let me see, I would say.............YES
The real question is, what makes you think otherwise?
Your #116 ranked defense? Of course not.
You would probably say it's your so called potent offense
That same offense that has yet to beat a single top 20 team.
That same offense that was shut down last year by every single good defense it faced.
What gives you so much hope that you feel the need to come here and trash talk?
We already know it can't be the defense. I destroyed your argument for the imposter of a great offense.
Coaching maybe? Nahh, Donofrio is thought of as a buffoon even in Coral Gables, Coley hasn't called a play since his days at FIU, and when he did his offense sucked. Golden? All talk, all hype and mediocre Golden results? 6 - 6 and 7 - 6 Golden?
Good luck with that.

Well, the UFirstdegreemurder's 112th offense minus the only proven playmaker, DeBose, shouldn't give you any confidence.

Of course, like a typical Gatr maggot, you only look at one side of the ledger.

jlo is a mOron. Sissified beemer.

Question:

SEC teams don't need to travel to play OOC games.
Cane HAVE to schedule OOC road games.

Answer: Just some of the excuses the Gatr Trash uses to justify not scheduling an OOC outside the state of Florida since 1991 when the 'Cuse pummeled them.

Of course, LSU scheduling a 2 game series against Wisconsin beginning at Lambeau Field puts the shine on the Gatr trash lie.

The real teams in the SEC, like Alabama, Georgia and LSU schedule OOC games and travel anywhere.

The UFirstdegree murder with its history of cowardice and failure, does not.

Florida had the nation's No. 104 total offense in 2012, but calling Debose the Gators' "only proven playmaker" is a far, far stretch. I'm probably going to write something this afternoon about so many people vastly overstating Debose's impact.

He caught three passes last season. 3!!!

Jesse:

I am a Cane fan and Gatr hater but you are a balanced, thoughtful reporter who doesn't shade the facts. I respect that.

I have not made any predictions about the game however to focus solely on Miami's poor defense from last year only looks at half the ledger. All of UF's top playmaker's, outside of maybe Trey Burton who is a specialist, are gone. Do they have new young talent and player's back from injury? Yes. But you can then make the same argument about Miami's defense if you are going to be fair.

Arty, I've never maintained that UF's offense would be really improved in 2013.

Both team's youth on offense and/or defense do present a quality matchup, IMO.

Jesse, calling DeBse "the Gator's only playmaker" is not only a stretch, you are too nice. It's asinine, ignorant and moronic. But look at who said that, a Miami Moron.

Fake Arty, if you read my previous post carefully it is not only your pathetic defense from last year but it is the fact that your offense has not worked against a solid defense. Not only must you improve in defense and a lot, your offense has to be able to work against the good teams.
Our offense was ranked #102 yet we were able to beat good teams and we never lost to a bad team. Your offense was ranked much higher and you still lost to every single good team you faced AND to some very bad teams as well.
How's that for balance. These are facts and they don't lie. Only delusional Miami Morons do.

Must have touched a nerve with jlo the mOron.

"Our offense was ranked #102 yet we were able to beat good teams and we never lost to a bad team."

You beat good teams because your defense was very good. It remains to be seen if it will be very good again. And while you did not lose to a bad team, do you feel the performance against Ul Laff was commendable? How about the offense's performance against the Big East team in the bowl game?

Are you confident that the penalties are a thing of the past? If the defense is not as dominant, be careful jlo, you will be crying in your little Beemer 300 series like a freshman college girl....which you may be.

And Trey Burton reminds me of Dennis Gentry.... you know, utility guy.

A defense ranked 116th with upperclassman and experience would have me believe more of the "same ol same ol" this year.

A defense ranked 116th because of many freshman and inexperience has me believing other wise.

You all keep thinking that because we were bad last year we will be bad this year....NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

YOU GATOR FANS WALK AROUND SMITTEN CAUSE YOU HAD A "LITTLE RUN" 5 YEARS AGO. BUT DONT FORGET WHO YOUR DEALING WITH...SERIOUSLY.

do you feel the performance against Ul Laff was commendable? How about the offense's performance against the Big East team in the bowl game?

Let me dumb it down for you dummy. The performance against ULL resulted in a W. That's what counts.
What happened to your team against UVA?
The loss to UL in the Sugar was a let down but it doesn't change a thing and is not indicative of what the team did all season long.
UL is a good team, much better than yours.

There you go again with the freshmen and inexperience excuses. Was your offense also inexperience? How come they could barely score against UNC?
How come they dissapeared against KSU and FSU and ND?

We know we are dealing with a mediocre ACC team that has not won any meaningful games in a decade.

We've got 10 years of the same ole same ole from the canes, so until something miraculously changes, we have every right in the world to believe nothing will change this year either. The fact that you are soooooo confident Canes 35, is really hilarious! Maybe you guys should have 1 decent season and do something relevant before being so confident, don't you think? Well, obviously not, that would require too much logic.

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