Reddick Using More Technique

Anthony Reddick is a sophomore safety who is returning from a torn ACL he suffered in the season opener last year.

Anthony Reddick is frustrated that his quickness is not the same as it was before his injury. It is almost been a full year since the injury, but is working hard to get back to full speed.

The lack of quickness he would like is forcing him to use more technique.

"It's frustraing, but I'll get it back," Reddick said.

One of things Reddick works on his back-pedalling. He does this by getting hooked up with the large rubber band and has a trainer help him every other day. He stays after practice 10-15 minutes to work on this.

As a freshman in 2004, Reddick received plenty of buzz before the season like Kenny Phillips got in 2005 and Sam Shields this year.

During his freshman season he played in 11 games and started six games. He was named the Co-Defensive Rookie of the Year along with Romeo Davis. Reddick finished with 73 tackles and one interception.

Missing last year was tough for Reddick, who hasn't missed a season of football since he was 6 years old.

"Everything was hard--not playing, losses, sitting and watching the games, life was kind of miserable without football," he said.

Two years later and Reddick is battling for playing time with Brandon Meriwether and Phillips.

Lovon Ponder, also a sophomore, is in the mix as well.

In the afternoon, the offense had a productive day as the defense was not as productive.

"We didnt come out as much intensite as we usually do," Reddick said.

The team resumes practice tomorrow morning for its 15th practice in 12 days.

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