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If there is one player on Penn State's roster who has a decent chance to leave a year early, it is running back Silas Redd. Penn State's running back history in the NFL is not great outside of Lydell Mitchell and Franco Harris, but each case results in different results. Just because Ki-Jana Carter blew his knee out before playing a regular season game does not mean Redd should hesitate to jump to the NFL Draft early if he has a solid season and receives some positive feedback.
And that could become the story as the year goes. Redd shows good agility, strength and quickness and he has not dealt with injury concerns the way some others have. Some draft analysts believe Redd could be a trendy running back option to jump early, but that could also depend on how many teams will need a running back in 2013. Redd has not indicated he is thinking about leaving Penn State a year early, but it should be something worth considering as the year plays out.
Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast, managing editor of Nittany Lions Den and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and add him to your Google+ circle.