KEVIN REDDICK

Inside Linebacker

University of North Carolina Tar Heels

#48

6:01.4-246

New Bern, North Carolina

Hargrave Military Academy

New Bern High School

 

OVERVIEW

Reddick’s road to the National Football League has taken a few twists and turns as a collegian, but scouts feel that the Tar Heel is an established run stuffer who draws favorable comparisons to another player with the same first name – Kevin Burnett.

Despite some distractions off the field, Reddick proved to be a model of consistency during his first three years in the program. It is his stellar senior campaign that has captured the attention of team decision makers.

 

Before Reddick ever got to put on the Tar Heels uniform, he had to take a “little detour” and spend his first season at Hargrave Military Academy after the NCAA Clearinghouse refused to accept his ACT test score and he would later fail when retaking the exam.

 

Having met his academic requirements, Reddick enrolled at the University of North Carolina for the 2009 season, starting seven games for the Tar Heels at middle linebacker.

He might have been the team’s full-time starter that season, but during preseason camp, he missed most of the action due to a bout of mononucleosis.

 

Reddick persevered and claimed the middle linebacker position for himself in 2010, going on to start 36-of-37 games during the course of the next three campaigns. But, before reporting back to school in 2010, a fire in the building he was living in caused serious damage to his apartment, and he lost his high school championship ring, along with invaluable memories, as pictures of his daughter as an infant were also destroyed.

 

On the football field, there were never any distractions, as the quiet team leader put together quite an impressive football resume for NFL teams to examine. In 50 games, he started 43 contests in the middle, recording 275 tackles for the Tar Heels. He made 36 of those stops behind the line of scrimmage, the sixth-highest total in school history.

 

The linebacker also registered 8.5 quarterback sacks and fourteen pressures, as five of those hurries caused interceptions. He proved to be very capable in pass coverage, as he deflected sixteen passes while picking off two others, including one that he returned for a touchdown.

 

Before joining the North Carolina football team, Reddick was a four-star recruit and the nation’s 12th-ranked middle linebacker, according to Scout.com. The Bern High School product also received a three-star recruit mark from Rivals.com, as that service rated him 33rd in the nation, but as an outside linebacker. ESPN placed him 23rd among the country’s inside linebackers and Super Prep considered him to be the tenth-best player in the state of North Carolina.

 

Reddick’s versatility saw him earn a starting job as a fullback during his sophomore season, earning Offensive MVP honors in the state Class 4-AA finals as a senior at that position after scoring two touchdowns to end Charlotte Independence’s reign.

 

During his final prep season, Reddick was named the Coastal Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning first-team All-State honors at linebacker. In 2007, he recorded

189 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and blocked four punts. He also rushed for 163 yards and six touchdowns at fullback, receiving All-Conference and All-Area honors as a junior and senior. He would conclude his career as a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.

 

After spending the 2008 season at Hargrave Military Academy, Reddick was looking forward to the delayed start of his Tar Heels career. He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team after he delivered 45 tackles with 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2009.

 

As would be his custom throughout his North Carolina career, each passing season would be better than the next. Now the full-time starter at middle linebacker in 2010, he one of only two players to start every game on defense that year, as he produced 74 tackles that included six stops-for-loss.

 

Called the school’s best pass coverage line-backer since Brian Simmons was a Tar Heel (1994-97), a player that UNC faithful say Reddick bears a striking resemblance to, he batted away five passes and intercepted two others, running one back for a touchdown.

 

An ankle sprain forced Reddick to miss the Louisville contest and see limited action as a reserve vs. Miami, but he started eleven other contests in 2011. The junior delivered 71 tackles with six stops behind the line of scrimmage. Two of his three pressures caused interceptions and three of his four pass deflections came on third-down plays, bringing out the opponent’s punt unit after each break-up.

 

In 2012, Reddick was a unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection. It would be a year where the middle linebacker could not be contained as a blitzer, leading the league while tying for 12th in the nation with a career-best 18.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, the ninth-best season total in school history. He also registered 6.5 sacks, the sixth-highest total in the ACC during the 2012 schedule. His 85 tackles were a career-high and he also topped his previous season-best with six pass deflections.

 

CAREER NOTES

Reddick started 43-of-50 games at middle linebacker for North Carolina, finishing with 275 tackles (163 solos), as he delivered 8.5 sacks for minus 57 yards, along with fourteen QB pressures, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery…Intercepted two passes for 22 yards in returns, including one touchdown and deflected sixteen other throws…His 36.0 stops for losses of 122 yards rank sixth on the school career-record list behind William Fuller (57.0; 1980-83), Julius Peppers (53.0; 1999-2001), Greg Ellis (50.0; 1994-97), Marcus Jones (46.0; 1992-95) and Quinton Coples (40.5; 2008-11), and are the most ever by a UNC linebacker.

 

2012 SEASON

The Butkus Award candidate earned All-American honorable mention from The NFL Draft Report and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast selection by the league’s coaches and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)…Reddick paced the Tar Heels with 85 tackles (49 solos) that included 6.5 sacks for minus 46 yards and six quarterback pressures…Caused two fumbles while registering a league-best 18.5 stops for losses of 77 yards, as that figure also tied for 12th nationally and ranks ninth on the school season-record chart…Also deflected six passes while starting all twelve games…Had seven tackles, including three tackles for losses of 18 yards and had a sack and a forced fumble in the season finale victory over Maryland…Posted six tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses in a road win at Virginia…Added a career-high 14 tackles vs. Georgia Tech and was in on five tackles, including three for losses and two sacks to secure a victory over North Carolina State and stop the Wolfpack’s five-game win streak in the series. Both sacks came in the fourth quarter and helped stop NC State’s final drive. State was forced to punt and UNC returned the punt for a touchdown…Registered 12 tackles and a 9-yard tackle for loss at Duke…Posted four stops in a win at Miami and seven tackles with 2.5 tackles for losses in a win over Virginia Tech…Made nine tackles and two tackles for losses and a sack in a win over East Carolina…Delivered two sacks for 11 yards vs. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and had four total tackles…Collected nine tackles and a sack at Wake Forest.

 

2011 SEASON

Named the team captain as a junior, Reddick battled through a high ankle sprain that would force him to miss the Louisville contest and see limited action vs. Miami, but he still managed to register 71 tackles (39 solos), a 2-yard sack, six stops for minus 15 yards and three pressures…Caused one fumble and deflected four passes…Recorded four tackles vs. Missouri in the Independence Bowl…Posted five tackles and broke up a pass in a 37-21 win over Duke…Made five stops and broke up a pass in a narrow loss at Virginia Tech… Was in on a season-high 12 tackles, including a 3-yard tackle for loss, in a loss at North Carolina State…Returned to the starting lineup and had six tackles, assisted on a tackle for loss, and broke up a pass in a 59-38 loss to Clemson…Came off the bench to post three tackles and one quarterback pressure in a 30-24 loss to Miami…Made six tackles, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble in a 35-20 victory at East Carolina…Delivered 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses at Georgia Tech…Disrupted the Virginia offense with seven tackles, a half sack, 1.5 tackles for losses and quarterback pressure in a 28-17 win…

Posted six tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss in a 24-22 victory vs. Rutgers, as UNC limited the Scarlet Knights to just one yard rushing, the fewest by an opponent since 2000…Had four tackles, all solo stops, and a 3-yard tackle for loss in Carolina’s 42-10 win over James Madison…After the season, Reddick was the recipient of the team’s Charlie Justice Award – Outstanding Contribution.

 

2010 SEASON

Reddick was one of only two UNC defensive players to start all thirteen games, as the sophomore middle linebacker led the team with 74 tackles, including 48 primary stops and 26 assists, adding a 9-yard sack, six stops for minus 19 yards, four quarterback pressures and five pass deflections…Also had a pair of interceptions…Scored his first career touch-down with a 22-yard interception return at Virginia, as he also registered nine tackles… Finished second on the team in tackles vs. Tennessee in the Music City Bowl, registering eight stops, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup…Had eight tackles and a 9-yard sack in the win at Duke…Posted eight tackles vs. Virginia Tech and five stops in the win at Florida State…Collected four tackles vs. William & Mary and had four more tackles and broke up a pass at Miami…Had a season-high 10 tackles and broke up two passes in Carolina’s 21-16 win at Clemson…Registered four stops, intercepted a pass and broke up another toss in the 42-17 win vs. East Carolina…Posted seven tackles, including 1.5 stops for losses, vs. Georgia Tech.

 

2009 SEASON

Reddick was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team by The Sporting News… Received one vote for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year…Played in every game and started the last seven contests at middle linebacker…Finished the regular season with 45 tackles (27 solos), 5.5 stops for losses of 11 yards and a pressure…Had a season-high six tackles vs. Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl…Made five tackles, including a 3-yard tackle for loss, at North Carolina State…Posted five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the 31-13 win at Boston College…Had four tackles and broke up a pass in a win over Miami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 SEASON

The NCAA Clearinghouse flagged one of his test scores after he had already gone through the second summer session at North Carolina in 2008. His second ACT score fell short of the qualifying range. Reddick had to withdraw from school and attend Hargrave Military Academy. Once he got his academics in order, he re-enrolled at North Carolina in January of 2009.

 

INJURY REPORT

2009 Season…Reddick had mononucleosis and was not able to participate in spring practice.

2011 Season…Saw limited action vs. Miami and sat out the Louisville contest with an ankle sprain.

2012 Season…Sustained concussion in spring camp.

the following week. Had mononucleosis and missed most of spring practice in 2009.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.72 in the 40-yard dash…1.67 10-yard dash…2.77 20-yard dash…9’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times…31 5/8-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…75 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Reddick attended New Bern (N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Bobby Curlines…Four-star recruit and the nation’s 12th-ranked middle linebacker, according to Scout.com…Received a three-star recruit mark from Rivals.com, as that service rated him 33rd in the nation, but as an outside linebacker…ESPN rated him 23rd among the country’s inside linebackers and Super Prep considered him to be the tenth-best player in the state of North Carolina…Earned a starting job as a fullback during his sophomore season, earning Offensive MVP honors in the state Class 4-AA finals as a senior at that position after scoring two touchdowns to end Charlotte Independence’s reign…During his final prep season, Reddick was named the Coastal Conference Defensive Player of the Year, earning first-team All-State honors at linebacker…In 2007, he recorded 189 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and blocked four punts…Also rushed for 163 yards and six touchdowns at fullback, receiving All-Conference and All-Area honors as a junior and senior…Concluded his career as a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.

 

PERSONAL

Exercise and Sports Science major…Son of Lyndora Jenkins and Kevin Reddick Sr…Born 12/28/89 New Bern, North Carolina.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 13 07 045 027 018  00  00  00  05.5-11   01  0.0-00    01
2010 13 13 074 048 026  00  00  02  06.0-19   05  1.0-09    04
2011 12 11 071 039 032  01  00  00  06.0-15   04  1.0-02    04
2012 12 12 085 049 036  00  02  00  18.5-77   06  6.5-46    06
TOTAL 50 43 275 163 112  01  02  02  36.0-122   16  8.5-57    14

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  02        22 11.00  01    22

 

 

 

 

 

REDDICK GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Elon 09/01/12 Elon 62-0

Yes

3

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wake Forest 09/08/12 at Wake Forest 27-28

Yes

1

8

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisville 09/15/12 at Louisville 34-39

Yes

0

4

0

2

11

0

1

9

0

0

0

East Carolina 09/22/12 East Carolina 27-6

Yes

5

4

2

1

8

0

1

7

1

1

0

Idaho 09/29/12 Idaho 66-0

Yes

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Virginia Tech 10/06/12 Virginia Tech 48-34

Yes

5

2

3

1

9

1

0

5

2

0

1

Miami (FL) 10/13/12 at Miami (FL) 18-14

Yes

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Duke 10/20/12 at Duke 30-33

Yes

8

4

0

1

9

0

1

9

1

0

1

North Carolina St. 10/27/12 North Carolina St. 43-35

Yes

0

5

0

3

12

0

2

11

0

0

2

Georgia Tech 11/10/12 Georgia Tech 50-68

Yes

5

9

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

Virginia 11/15/12 at Virginia 37-13

Yes

4

2

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Maryland 11/24/12 Maryland 45-38

Yes

2

5

0

3

18

0

1

5

1

1

0

Season Totals

36

49

7

15

77

1

6

46

6

2

6

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

James Madison 09/03/11 James Madison 42-10

Yes

0

4

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rutgers 09/10/11 Rutgers 24-22

Yes

3

3

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

Virginia 09/17/11 Virginia 28-17

Yes

5

2

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

Georgia Tech 09/24/11 at Georgia Tech 28-35

Yes

3

7

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 10/01/11 at East Carolina 35-20

Yes

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Louisville 10/08/11 Louisville 14-7

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 10/15/11 Miami (FL) 24-30

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Clemson 10/22/11 at Clemson 38-59

Yes

4

2

1

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

Wake Forest 10/29/11 Wake Forest 49-24

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina St. 11/05/11 at North Carolina St. 0-13

Yes

6

6

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 11/17/11 at Virginia Tech 21-24

Yes

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Duke 11/26/11 Duke 37-21

Yes

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Missouri 12/26/11 Missouri 24-41

Yes

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

32

39

4

4

15

2

0

2

4

0

3

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

LSU 09/04/10 LSU 24-30

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 09/18/10 Georgia Tech 24-30

Yes

0

0

0

2

5

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rutgers 09/25/10 at Rutgers 17-13

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 10/02/10 East Carolina 42-17

Yes

1

0

0

0

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

Clemson 10/09/10 Clemson 21-16

Yes

0

0

0

6

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

Virginia 10/16/10 at Virginia 44-10

Yes

1

22

1

5

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 10/23/10 at Miami (FL) 10-33

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

William & Mary 10/30/10 William & Mary 21-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Florida St. 11/06/10 at Florida St. 37-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 11/13/10 Virginia Tech 10-26

Yes

0

0

0

3

5

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina St. 11/20/10 North Carolina St. 25-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Duke 11/27/10 at Duke 24-19

Yes

0

0

0

2

6

0

1

9

0

1

9

0

0

1

Tennessee 12/30/10 Tennessee 30-27

Yes

0

0

0

2

6

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Season Totals

2

22

1

26

48

4

4

19

0

1

9

5

0

4

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Citadel 09/05/09 Citadel 40-6

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Connecticut 09/12/09 at Connecticut 12-10

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 09/19/09 East Carolina 31-17

Yes

1

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 09/26/09 at Georgia Tech 7-24

Yes

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia 10/03/09 Virginia 3-16

Yes

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ga. Southern 10/10/09 Ga. Southern 42-12

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 10/22/09 Florida St. 27-30

Yes

2

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

Virginia Tech 10/29/09 at Virginia Tech 20-17

Yes

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Duke 11/07/09 Duke 19-6

Yes

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 11/14/09 Miami (FL) 33-24

Yes

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Boston College 11/21/09 at Boston College 31-13

Yes

1

4

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina St. 11/28/09 at North Carolina St. 27-28

Yes

3

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pittsburgh 12/26/09 Pittsburgh 17-19

Yes

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

18

27

5

3

11

0

0

0

1

0

1

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