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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