Spring Update: Anthony Reddick

Safety Anthony Reddick suffered a torn ACL in the 2005 season opener against Florida State. Reddick is practicing this spring, but is limited to non-contact drills only.

S #26 Anthony Reddick / Soph / 6'0" 195

REDDICK ON REDDICK

"I am getting better every day, but some days I feel better than other days. I am trying to take my progress one day at a time."

Reddick's 2005 season wasn't what he had hoped after playing in 11 games as a freshman.

"It was tough starting the first game of the year and sitting out the rest of the year. It was something that had not really happened to me. It was a leraning experience and the hardest thing was just not being able to play and help the team out."

The Miami secondary should be strong again in 2006 with Reddick, Brandon Meriweather, and Kenny Phillips at safety. Glenn Sharpe leads the cornerbacks with the others working hard for a spot.

"We are very young, but the young guys are coming along good. The older guys are helping them. I think we will be a great secondary this year."

Defensive backs coach Tim Walton enters his third season at Miami.

"He brings a lot of knowledge of the game. When you have knowledge of the game pretty much nothing can go wrong."

COKER ON REDDICK

"He has been practicing really well. Anthony is a good football player and he is doing well.

Reddick has been playing some at cornerback, but it is not a position Coker plans to have him play this season.

"He'll be a safety and I think he is a tremendous football player. We just have to get him on the field. He'll be on the field a lot, but I don't know if we'll need him at corner. Hopefully we don't and we'll have better corners than Anthony."

CANESTIME ON REDDICK

Reddick is going to have a tough time getting his starting safety position back with the production of the Meriweather/Phillips combo from 2005.

A typical rule in sports is that players don't lose their starting roles when they get injured, but Reddick is going to have to have a very strong fall to prove to the coaches he should be starting.

In attempt to get Reddick playing time, look for Meriweather potentially returning to the nickel position with Reddick and Phillips at the safety spots. Reddick can play cornerback, but would be at best, the team's fifth best corner.

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


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