A medical redshirt is likely for defensive back Cody Riggs, coach Will Muschamp said Thursday.
Muschamp sat down Tuesday with Riggs to discuss the likelihood of taking a medical redshirt this season. After practicing Monday and Tuesday of last week, it became clear that the aftereffects from the injury were still an issue although Muschamp said the team's medical staff feels like the broken foot he suffered against Texas A&M has healed properly.
“He’s come back, I guess last week and practiced Monday a little bit, but then went Tuesday and tried to go on it," Muschamp said. "It's just one of those deal when you’re dealing with a foot."
"He’s not as full speed as he has been, let’s just say that. He’s not playing as fast as he’s capable of playing. I’m not going to put a player out there that’s not going to play as well as he can play. It hasn’t healed as fast as maybe we thought. We’ve got to just kind of continue to evaluate the situation."
Muschamp said he has spoken to Riggs' family about the decision to redshirt, but added that he "can't make any promises for the simple reason of injury."
If Florida were to suffer another injury in the secondary, it's possible Riggs' chance at a redshirt this season would be null and he would return to the lineup. As of now, the depth is sufficient, but that could change, and Muschamp said that is the main reason for any uncertainty in the situation.
"Right now, probably would apply for a medical (redshirt) based on the time in the season left," Muschamp said. "We still have a lot of the games to go. ... We’ve made no 100% decision yet at all. That’s probably where we’re heading."
Riggs, a Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas alum, started 10 games at cornerback last season and one at safety this season before the injury.Follow @MattWatt5