Clemson offensive lineman Zach Riggs is retiring from football due to multiple injuries sustained during his playing days. Riggs’ retirement was announced by Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.
A former prospect out of South Carolina’s J.L. Mann High School, Riggs is the son of former Clemson and NFL tight end Jim Riggs, who helped lead the Tigers to an ACC title in 1986. Because of his injuries, he played in just five total games since arriving on campus in 2013.
Riggs played in three games last season as Clemson made a great run to the national championship game, where they lost a heartbreaker to Alabama.
And this injury is particularly sad, as Riggs was in the mix for a starting job on Clemson’s offensive line in 2016. The good news is that Swinney is a fine recruiter who has plenty of depth on the roster, plus star quarterback Deshaun Watson’s mobility is good enough to compensate for a hole in the offensive line.
Either way, Riggs is sure to be missed by his teammates.
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