Ex-Mid struggles to transfer loyalties, too

`I want Navy to do good,' says Maryland's Reddick

August 30, 2005|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

One year removed from 2005 and Hunter Reddick would have been on the field hawking ball carriers and pass receivers from the defensive backfield.

Last season, he was in Navy blue and gold; next season, he will be dressed in Maryland red and white.

But Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium, Reddick will be on the sideline, a redshirt Terrapin who must sit out this season after transferring from the academy last spring. His loyalties are clearly divided.

"I want Maryland to win, and I want Navy to do good," he said. "I don't know. It's pretty tough."

Reddick started the final 10 games at cornerback in 2004, tied for the Navy lead with three interceptions, including two against Air Force, and made 52 tackles. He also made a lot of friends before deciding that a five-year military commitment after graduation was not for him, even though he's the son of a Navy graduate.

"We were in the same platoon at NAPS [Naval Academy Prep School]," said Navy safety DuJuan Price. "We're pretty close and hang out. But he plays for Maryland now, and it's a competitive game. Sometimes, going against your friends makes it even better."

Said cornerback Jeremy McGown: "He misses his friends here, but he didn't want to sign the papers [for the commitment]. I think he knew that for a long time before it came up. But he's adjusting well."

How much can Reddick impart to the Terps about the complex Navy triple-option offense, which he faced every day in practice? Coach Paul Johnson isn't concerned about that.

"I have enough respect for [the Terps'] coaching staff that I would hope they know more about it than Hunter does," Johnson said. "If they don't, we might have a chance."

Reddick said the Maryland coaches haven't asked him much about the offense, but the players inquire about individuals and their traits.

He said the coaches know that "Navy is all about hustle. They're not as talented as other teams, but they hustle."

Sun staff writer Heather A. Dinich contributed to this article.

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