Freshman Leader

Safety Anthony Reddick (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has started at free safety the last three games. He is sixth on the team in tackles with 53 and has one interception. Earlier this season against Houston he blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown. Only a freshman, he is stepping up as a leader on defense.

The pass defense for Miami has been up and down this season. Through the first four games they allowed only 115 yards per game. The next four games they allowed an average of 269 yards per game. They vowed to improve and they have. After giving up just 94 yards passing to Virginia they followed up their performance by allowing a season-low 36 yards passing to Wake Forest.

"Last game was fun," Anthony Reddick said. "Our whole defense played good, but we didn't play like we can play. We did play good though. That game is over with now and we are getting ready for Virginia Tech. We want to get even better and try to beat them the same way."

Miami is enjoying a bye week this week before their final regular season game against Virginia Tech on December 4 to decide the ACC conference champion. Virginia Tech ranks ninth in the conference in passing offense.

Reddick and his teammates in the secondary have put pressure on themselves to be a formidable unit and lead the defense.

"We started to realize that a lot depends on the secondary," Reddick said. "We can make the game change. Our secondary is like the quarterback of the defense. We can come up and make tackles, get interceptions, and do all of that good stuff. We got it in our mind that we have to lead the defense."

Recently head coach Larry Coker has commented on Reddick's leadership qualities. Although he is a true freshman he still feels he can be a leader.

"Coach has talked to me and said being young doesn't mean anything," Reddick said. "When I am on the field I am trying to be a leader. I was a leader in high school and I am a leader out here."

Ten games into the season he does not consider himself a freshman anymore.

"Age doesn't mean anything," Reddick said. "Once you are out on that field and start hitting you aren't a freshman anymore. Once you make a big play, you are not a freshman. Once you mess up, you are not a freshman. It is like you are a veteran out here."

The season has gone fast for Reddick as summer workouts seem like only yesterday. He feels he is improving each day and learning a lot about the game.

"I am just working hard and listening to my coaches," Reddick said. "I feel like I am getting better, but I can always get better. I am starting to learn more about football. I am learning more about the plays and I am trying to be a leader on the field. I am trying to lead my team to a BCS bowl."

He has developed a strong relationship with his fellow freshmen teammates and is having a lot of fun this season.

"I am pretty close with all of the freshmen," Reddick said. "They help me out and I help them out. We are a close group."

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

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