Reddick Locking Down FS Spot

Anthony Reddick impressed the coaches last year in his first season with the team. Now he is looking to be a full-time starter in 2005 as the team's free safety. He is more comfortable now and knows what it takes to get the job done.

Anthony Reddick began making a name for himself during the summer of 2004 in preparation before his freshman season. He spent the summer working hard in the weight room and was the only freshman moved up to work out with the upper classmen. His work ethic in the off-season allowed him to have a strong season.

Reddick finished the 2004 season playing in all 12 games and starting six. He had 73 tackles and finished 4th on the team in tackles. He also recorded one interception and blocked two punts that led were recovered for touchdowns.

"It was good season for me and it gave me good experience," Reddick said. "It well help me heading into this year."

A lot has changed for Reddick who came into fall practices not knowing what to expect, but now his comfort level is extremely high.

"I know all of my stuff now," Reddick said. "I'm not guessing on anything because I know all of my plays now."

This year, the Hurricanes return a number of players on defense especially in the secondary. Leading tackler Greg Threat returns along with Kelly Jennings, Devin Hester, Brandon Meriweather, Marcus Maxey, and Glenn Sharpe.

"We all have experience now," Reddick said. "We have the same secondary we had last year except Antrel Rolle. We also have some young guys that came in with me that are stepping up too."

Spring practices began on Tuesday, which is always an exciting time of year.

"It felt good to be back out there in pads playing football," Reddick said. "We were away from the field for a little while, but not too long."

Thursday was the first day of practice in pads and Reddick enjoyed it.

"It was kind of rough out there on our first day of pads," Reddick said. "It is part of football and we just have to pick it up."

After three practices last week the team will take a week off for spring break before returning to the practice field on March 22.

When the team returns to practice spring battles will begin to heat up. Reddick appears to have the starting free safety position locked up and there is a battle brewing at the strong safety position between Threat and Meriweather.

Currently Reddick stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 198 pounds. He came in at 193 pounds and is looking to add a few more pounds if he can, but it is not a priority.

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

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