Yesterday the team scrimmaged during practice. The defense had a solid performance and head coach Larry Coker was not pleased with what he saw from the offense.
"We are still learning how to play the game. We have a lot of players that don't know how to play the game right now. It is combination of some really good defense and some really good defense. The defense really stepped it up today and the offense didn't. The offense wasn't off today, it was just bad."
Sophomore safety Anthony Reddick has been practicing on the first team at the free safety spot this fall. Reddick was happy with the communication from the defense yesterday.
"We hustled around a lot and didn't make too many mistakes," Reddick said. "The coaches stayed off the field to make us communicate with each other and that is what we did. When we did mess up, everyone was hustling so you couldn't really tell."
Communication was something the entire team wanted to improve upon in the offseason. So far there has been an improvement.
"We wanted to get better at communication regardless if it was on or off the field," Reddick said.
The defense has been clicking with improved communication according to Reddick.
"If we get the wrong calls on defense, but everyone gets the same wrong calls--then it is the right call because everyone is playing the same defense," Reddick said.
The defense has been making a number of big plays this fall especially intercepting the ball. Last year the defense only recorded 13 interceptions--down from 19 in 2003.
"It helps us a lot getting these interceptions," Reddick said. "During the games it will get us off the field and our offense will have more time to score."
Defensive backs Kenny Phillips, Randy Phillips, and Bruce Johnson have made quite a splash this fall bursting onto the scene as true freshmen. Kenny and Randy lead the team in interceptions and Bruce has done a nice job of breaking up passes.
"I think they all have done great," Reddick said. "It is a little rough learning new things, but they all are coming along great."
A year ago at this time Reddick was entering his first fall camp in preparation for his freshman season. In 2004, he recorded 73 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 sack. A lot has changed since then including his comfort level.
"I am a lot more comfortable this year because I know all my coverages and reads," Reddick said.
When asked how he feels he has performed this fall he responded, "I've been doing great".
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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