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Heading into the game against Georgia Tech on Saturday there are number of players injured and will not make the trip to Atlanta. With players out, there are opportunities for other players to play. Here are some reserve players to watch against Georgia Tech.

8 RESERVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

OFFENSE

QB Derrick Crudup

Earlier in the week, head coach Larry Coker stated, "there is a possibility" starting quarterback Brock Berlin could be replaced early in the game if the struggles still remain. Crudup, a senior, started last year in favor of Berlin being benched. Crudup did not wow people with his play, but he did avoid the mistakes. Coker has not named a number two quarterback, but Crudup is ready to go if asked.

Season stats: 2 games, 1-5 passing, 39 yards, 0 td, 0 int

QB Kyle Wright

Wright has a strong-arm and has creativity in his game. He is gaining more confidence each day and it is only a matter of time before the coaching staff hands the offense over to the redshirt freshman. Will it happen this season? Hard to say. The staff appears to be growing old of Berlin's antics on the field and Wright could be the guy to take his place.

Season stats: 1 game, 1-3 passing, 6 yards, 0 td, 0 int

WR Lance Leggett

Leggett is the true freshman making a difference this year. He was the first one of his peers to earn a start and his playing time has varied each week. Leggett could start again this week if the coaches make a last-minute change to the starting lineup replacing one of the smaller receivers. At 6-foot-4 he gives the Hurricanes much-needed size on the outside. He has the ability to catch the deep ball and could be utilized in that role this week.

Season stats: 3 games/1 start, 1 reception, 16 yards

OL Andrew Bain

Bain, a redshirt freshman, has lost a lot of weight since arriving on campus in the fall of 2003. Now he is showing off his athleticism, size, and speed at the guard position. In fall practices, prior to the season, he was rotated in with the first unit due to injuries. He has drawn praise from the coaches and Coker has stated he could be in the offensive line mix on Saturday. He will likely handle the left guard position.

Season stats: 2 games played

DEFENSE

DT Teraz McCray

McCray, a redshirt freshman, is making an impact when his number is called on the second-unit with Kareem Brown. McCray has great lower-body balance along with speed to get by slower offensive lineman. At times he struggles against the big linemen because he stands only 6-foot-0. He has been gaining confidence each week and this could be the week he makes a big contribution to the defense.

Season stats: 3 games, 10 tackles, 2 sacks

LB Glenn Cook

Coker has stated that it is not a lock Jon Beason will remain as the team's starting middle linebacker against Georgia Tech. If Beason does not start, Roger McIntosh could move to the middle thus starting Glenn Cook at the strongside linebacker position. Cook surprised many with his play against Louisiana Tech. He is a very smart player who is more physical than would expect.

Season stats: 1 game, 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss

DB Devin Hester

With Glenn Sharpe of the defensive back rotation with an injury, Devin Hester could see more time in dime situations. Hester, a 5-foot-11 speedster from Riveria Beach, has made his mark on special teams during his first two seasons with the Hurricanes. Already this season he has blocked a field goal and returned two punts for touchdowns. Hester has a world of speed and is a playmaker. If on the field, something positive will happen for number four.

Season stats: 3 games, 3 tackles

S Anthony Reddick

Reddick is the standout true freshman on the defensive side of the ball. He earned praised from his teammates and strength coach this past summer for his work ethic. He was the only freshman moved up to participate in off-season conditioning drills wit the upperclassmen. Last game against Houston he had a blocked punt that led to a touchdown and he spent a lot of time at the safety position in both regular sets and nickel and dime sets. He is another player that could benefit from the injury to Glenn Sharpe.

Season stats: 2 games, 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked punt

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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