"It felt real good to get that opportunity," said Reddick. "I guess the coaches trusted me and I tried to make the best of it."
Anthony Reddick made six starts at free safety in 2004 as a true freshman and finished with 73 tackles, good for sixth on the team. He also blocked two punts and was named the team's Defensive Rookie of the Year along with linebacker Romeo Davis.
Expecting to build on his freshman campaign, Reddick entered the 2005 season with high expectations, but they came crumbling down when he suffered a torn ACL in the season opener and missed the remainder of the season.
He spent the next year recovering from the injury, but was not 100 percent in August before this season.
Subsequently he was passed over on the depth chart as Lovon Ponder became the team's third safety behind Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips.
Then he got involved with the brawl against FIU in October prompting head coach Larry Coker to suspend Reddick for four games not to mention Reddick was battling ankle and knee injuries.
"This is the toughest season I have ever had," Reddick said. "People were telling me everyone has to go through obstacles and I guess God planned that for me. He wanted me to work harder. I just tried to keep my head up and work harder."
The 2006 season will be one to forget for Reddick, but he ended the regular season on a positive note as he received the most playing time he had all season in the 17-14 win over No. 18 Boston College on Thanksgiving.
"It was a good win," said Reddick as the team improved to 6-6. "I think by winning that game it got everybody realizing that we really can play and we should have been playing like that all year, but unfortunately we didn't.
"I think the win will help us out a lot and hopefully we'll be able to show off again in the bowl game."
The defense has played well all season, but there was a little something different with the defense in the game.
"To tell you the truth the only thing different we did was have fun," Reddick said. "Everybody was out there high-fiving each other and when someone made a big hit someone would come around to congratulate them."
Reddick is in position to compete for the starting strong safety position in 2007 with Ponder as Phillips will regain his free safety position.
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Reddick Reflects on Boston College Game
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