GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Cody Riggs, who started 12 games at safety for Florida last fall, intends to graduate this spring and then transfer, Gators coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.
"Cody Riggs and his parents came to me and he's going to finish up in May and transfer to another school to finish his last year of eligibility," Muschamp said. "[He] wanted a fresh start. I appreciate his contributions to Florida."
Riggs, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound fourth-year junior, was fourth on the team with 51 tackles in 2013. He played cornerback his first three years at Florida and could be looking to return to his original position.
The Gators lose some leadership, as Riggs has played in 40 games with 26 career starts.
Muschamp listed several players he feels can help fill the void at safety.
"Marcus [Maye] started some games for us last year," Muschamp said. "Keanu Neal continues to improve. Marcell Harris is coming back off his knee [injury]. I think he moves around well. Jabari Gorman has been a guy that's played a bunch of football for us and played well for us. Nick Washington is a guy that really can line up at safety, corner, nickel.
"Brian Poole is a guy that can play multiple positions and played very well for us at the nickel position last year, going back and watching the tape and the cutups of him. So I think there are some different guys. Watching Duke Dawson's movement skills, he's a guy that can play a lot of different spots. He can play corner, he can play nickel, he can play inside if he needs to, but he's a guy that can do some different things as well."