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Oregon Football: What Does the Addition of Silas Redd Mean for the Ducks?

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions carries the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

It has been announced that Silas Redd is going to take the NCAA up on their offer to transfer out of Penn State without suffering any penalty. The reason that this is important to Duck fans is because the new home that Redd has chosen for the 2012 is in Southern California with USC.

Coming into the 2012 season, USC appears to be one of the most talented teams in the nation, but the one thing that they did not have going for them is their depth. Due to sanctions by the NCAA, USC is not as deep due to the loss of scholarships.

With the addition of Redd this year, USC will have to drop someone but with Redd coming on board, the addition is well worth it. Redd will shore up the Trojan backfield. The addition of Redd will also make life easier on senior quarterback Matt Barkley, as the Trojans will have the depth to stick with the run game for all four quarters.

As it pertains to Oregon, this addition ultimately means very little. Oregon will play USC one time at minimum this year and Redd is not likely going to be the main factor in either winning or losing.

The game between Oregon and USC is likely going to be a shootout. With the lack of depth on the defensive side of the ball, Oregon is hoping to use their fast-paced offense to run the Trojans out of gas and pull away in the fourth quarter.

One thing is for sure, the Ducks game against the Trojans is something that people around the nation are looking forward to. Both teams will likely be undefeated and in the top 10 in the nation. The best part is that the two teams will likely meet back up in the Pac-12 title game. Either way, with Redd or without him, fans are in for a classic.

Joe Penkala is a B/R National Featured Columnist who covers college football. You can contact him @joepenkala.

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