USC's Run for the 2012 National Championship: Running in the Redd

Michael TierneyAnalyst IJuly 25, 2012

April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tailback Silas Redd (25) in the first half during the spring game at  Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Silas Redd is an All-Big-Ten Second Team running back who plays for Penn State.

There is no doubt he is a great running back.

As a sophomore in 2011, Silas ran for 1,241 total yards and ranked 29th nationally for running backs (with 95 YPG).

Half of the running backs who were statistically ranked ahead of Silas jumped to the NFL in 2012, so Redd should be a Top 15 back this year.

In the Pac-12, only John White (Utah), Stepfan Taylor (Stanford) and Isi Sofele (California), were ranked ahead of Silas in 2011. USC's Curtis McNeal ranked below Redd at 48th in YPG nationally.

Coach Lane Kiffin is interested in Redd and there are pros and cons to adding him.


Obviously the big "Pro" is that Redd could help the Trojans to the national championship, but what are the drawbacks?

1) Silas has only done one dumb thing while at Penn State University, but his recent academics point to a mature student-athlete.

2) USC would have to use a valuable limited scholarship on Silas.

3) Redd could bolt for the NFL after only six months at USC.

4) Silas would not have "understudy years." In fact, he would only have one month to learn the playbook.


But will he transfer to USC?

1) Well, recently 25 members of the Penn State football team reaffirmed their commitment to the PSU program. Running Back Silas Redd was noticeably absent. 

2) Redd was going to attend Penn State's media day, but not now!

3) Fight on State, a Web site covering Penn State football, listed 34 players from the Nittany Lions’ current roster who will definitely remain with the team in the wake of severe NCAA sanctions. Redd's name is not on that roster.

4) When a local reporter for the Patriot-News texted Redd's dad "Is Si really considering USC?'' Silas Redd Sr. texted back: "Still sifting through it all!''


Silas also knows that showcasing one's talent in a bowl game can help a rookie's draft stock. Penn State will not be eligible for a bowl game this year while USC is a national championship contender.

Silas wants to play in the NFL and the No. 1 NFL Factory, USC, gives him his best chance.


When the dust settles, my guess is that Redd will be backing up McNeal for 2012.


The latest from 7/25/12: ESPN  More Redd/USC

Here are Thursday 7/26/12 updates: Meeting with USC More The rest stick together and Silas/USC Meet