Kevin Reddick is a bad man. The 6’3’’ 240 pound, senior linebacker is a North Carolina native that recorded two sacks in a must-win against (dare I say rival) N.C. State. I was actually at the game on Saturday and saw UNC’s defensive pressure of Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon. Reddick was a big part of that. Should the Tar Heel’s coaches put Kevin Reddick in on blitz packages more?
The answer is, drumroll please, of course they should. Listen, I watched as Wolfpack white marched up and down the field on Mike Glennon’s arm. The N.C. State quarterback had 467 yards and 5 touchdowns. That’s insane. UNC should have lost to that statistic alone. However, the only reason UNC was in the game defensively was a result of pressure up the middle.
The Tar Heels’ secondary was sliced and diced like a bad infomercial on Saturday. The more we played a cover two or a cover three package, the more the crowd would groan after State threw for a first down. They weren’t long passes—it was small ball. The Wolfpack were taking what our defense gave them when we played cover packages.
They controlled the tempo until the Tar Heels finally got up off their laurels and threw some defensive spiciness in the gumbo, AKA, they blitzed. Reddick had his best game with his two sacks, but more than anything I saw the linebackers in the backfield.
Kevin Reddick should be given the opportunity to do a lot more blitzing the passer this season and be an integral element in UNC’s pressure packages. Judging from the way our defensive secondary gave up play after play, the Tar Heels need a new spark on the defensive side of the ball. That spark should be Kevin Reddick.