Graduate School

According to his Twitter account, Gardner-Webb graduate transfer Shaquille Riddick will play his final year of football at West Virginia.

Shaquille Riddick, who announced earlier this month that he would leave Gardner-Webb to play his final season for a Division I school, tweeted a photo of himself today signing with West Virginia University.

"This is my future I'm excited to be a part of such a amazing culture and program. #wvu #mountaineer #blueandgold", read the tweet.

Riddick, who is on track to graduate sometime this summer, indicated his interest in playing for an FBS school somewhere closer to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Presumably, Riddick also wants to boost his professional potential, which has been on the rise during his three seasons at Gardenr Webb. He was a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America pick at defensive end a year ago, and finished fifth in the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award voting, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in the FCS.

Riddick played his high school football at Buchtel HS in Akron, where he excelled on the defensive line, helping his team to two consecutive City Series conference titles and a spot in the Ohio Division III State Championship game.

At Gardner-Webb in 2012, he started six of 11 games, recording 37 tackles (6.5 for loss), two sacks nad two pass break-ups. He led the Big South conference with 37 tackles.

Riddick was recruited by Iowa State and Bowling Green out of high school.

Riddick's Career at Gardner-Webb:

2013 (Jr.): FCS All-America selection at defensive end by eight different services and finished fifth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award – given annually to the top defensive player in FCS … named FCS Co-Performer of the Year at Defensive End by College Football Performance Awards following the season … All-Big South Conference first-team … played in 11 games and started 10 … had a team-leading 8.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries … No. 2 nationally in tackles for loss and No. 19 in sacks … No. 1 in the Big South Conference in sacks and tackles for loss and No. 11 in tackles … third on the Bulldog defense with 67 tackles, including 31 unassisted tackles … also had a forced fumble and a pass breakup … rated as the No. 12 defensive end prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

2012 (So.): Played in 11 games and made six starts at defensive end … led the Big South Conference with 10 quarterback pressures … had 37 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks … batted down two passes … Collected a career-high 10 total tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack vs. Presbyterian (11/17) in the season finale … sack led to a forced fumble on the Blue Hose' final offensive play of the game, which Preston Pemasa recovered to preserve a 21-13 win … had seven total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the season opener vs. No. 10 Wofford (9/1) … made six stops (four solo) at Charleston Southern (11/10) … had a sack at Pitt (9/22) … batted down a pair of passes vs. VMI (10/27).

2011 (Fr.): Played in eight games, seeing action on special teams and as a reserve defensive end … finished the year with six total tackles … blocked a field goal vs. Liberty (10/8) … had a season-high two total tackles at Presbyterian (10/8) and vs. Stony Brook (11/12).


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