Doug Rigg Interview
Sr. / West Virginia / LB
Updated - 3-29-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Doug Rigg: I am 6’0 and 236 right now. I ran a 4.62 at the pro day.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Doug Rigg: At the University of West Virginia.
Alex Khvatov: Were you happy with the results of your Pro Day?
Doug Rigg: Overall, I was happy with how I did. My forty went better than what I planned. I was hoping for a 4.7, but I ran a 4.62. I moved well during the drills. They didn’t go with the drills that I practiced during my training. I didn’t have high expectations, but I did pretty well.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Doug Rigg: Instinctive, being able to read what the offense will do, getting off blocks and playing well against the run.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Doug Rigg: Man-to-man coverage. I never had the opportunity to do it in college. We played a lot of zone coverage and on third down, they took me out of the game on obvious passing downs.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Doug Rigg: I had a scholarship from Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Louisville and West Virginia.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose West Virginia?
Doug Rigg: I had a close relationship with the coaches. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to get out of the state. West Virginia was close enough for my family to drive down to and see me play.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career with the Mountaineers.
Doug Rigg: The first two years went better than I could’ve ever imagined. I played in every single game my freshman year whether it was at linebacker or on special teams. I started every game during my sophomore year. We won the Orange Bowl that year. I was a low rated three-star player coming out of high school in New Jersey. I became a three-year starter. I played a lot of football. I made plays for the Mountaineers.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Doug Rigg: The 2012 Orange Bowl. I had the strip on the goal line that led to Darwin Cook running it back for a 99-yard TD. It was the biggest play of my career. It led to a big team moment. We won that game.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Doug Rigg: The Jets.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Doug Rigg: It is a tie between Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Doug Rigg: I think that I am a smart person, know what not only what I do, help people learn, good teacher out on the field, knowledge of the game, know a lot of tendencies, study a lot of film,
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Doug Rigg: I faced Sammy Watkins his freshman year. He was an All-American. I didn’t get a chance to tackle him. He was an outside receiver. He was the most talented offensive guy that I faced.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Doug Rigg: Everyone definitely knows safety Karl Joseph. He was a freshman All-American. He had over 100 tackles in each of his first two seasons. CB Daryl Worley should get drafted pretty high when he comes out. He has a lot of speed. LB Al-Rasheed Benton is from my area. He is progressing and should be a good player. LB Nick Kwiatkoski will be a redshirt junior. He had three interceptions last year.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Doug Rigg: I enjoy being around my teammates. No one enjoys practice and waking up at 6 o’clock in the morning. It was fun running out on the field with my teammates on game day. I enjoyed winning in front of 60,000 fans.
Alex Khvatov: What will you miss the most about West Virginia?
Doug Rigg: I will miss hanging out with the guys. We had many stories the day before game days. We had a lot of fun. I have been playing the game my whole life and I will never forget the guys on the team.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Doug Rigg: I like to relax and play video games sometimes. I don’t have much free time because of school and community service.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Doug Rigg: I am taking three classes right now and have community service for my major. If football doesn’t work out, I want to go to physical therapy school.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned in life?
Doug Rigg: I learned that everything is earned. Nothing is given to you. You will have to work hard every day or else you will have your job taken away.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Doug Rigg is….
Doug Rigg: I get pretty excited to play the game. I am very focused on what I have to do on the field. Off the field, I am laid back. I don't like conflicts. I keep to myself. I am not a party person. I am quiet and calm.
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