It's hard to hurt Rigg. Ask pretty much anyone involved with West Virginia's football team and they'll tell you Rigg is the prototype for what they all wish they looked like. The guy is strong and he's cut. His muscles have muscles.
Yet there he was, letting Cato toss him around.
"I'm not sure I want to see the film,'' Rigg said, the smile never leaving his face but the absurdity still there. "It had to look pretty bad getting slammed like that.''
Of course, if that's the worst thing that happens to Rigg this season, well, he won't complain. After all, he's part of a defense that is basically learning on the job. There's a new scheme, new coaches, new goals and a whole bunch of new players.
Take the group that lines up in front of Rigg and the rest of the linebackers, for instance. It took only two series before five different defensive linemen had played the three spots up front. J.B. Lageman and true freshman Christian Brown were subbing up front eight plays into the game. Another true freshman, Kyle Rose, was in there shortly afterward, followed by Korey Harris and Eric Kinsey.
In all, 10 defensive linemen played, in part because of the heat and humidity, but in even greater part because the coaches are still trying to figure out who can play.
That makes the job of linebackers like Rigg just a bit more complicated.
"You look up at the guys up front, in front of you, and you know that maybe some guys are going to get into the spot better than others just because they've been there before,'' Rigg said. "You need to know that if there's a young guy up there you might need to pay closer attention. But it's really not a huge drop off. We have a lot of talented people all through the two-deep.''
That's just one of the issues facing West Virginia's defense, of course, and they will all take some time to figure out. Perhaps those matters will be enough to distract everyone from dwelling on what happened to Rigg in the opener.
"I didn't have enough left in the tank,'' Rigg said. "I would have stepped on him if I'd had a little more left in the tank.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.