Silas Redd could have chosen almost any school to attend, he chose USC. The Pac-12 and USC will be stronger with the addition of Silas Redd. In writing an article about the value of Redd going to USC and the impact it would have on the Pac-12 race, I wondered what the impact would be if Redd had come to BYU.
The No. 1 running back at BYU right now is Michael Alisa. Though he had one year and missed three games, the two men compare favorably in many ways.
Redd is 5’10” and 209 pounds. Alisa is 6’1” and 213 pounds. In comparison, Alisa is about 7-10 pounds light for his height advantage. But you would need to have them side by side to really make that evaluation. The keys to this evaluation would be in the weight room and on the track with a stop watch.
Unfortunately, I am not standing by the side of a track with the two of them running past me or in the weight room watching them bench press 225 pounds in preparation for the NFL Combine. The two statistics for the combine that are most critical for this comparison is the 40-yard dash and the bench press.
The record at the combine is 4.24 by wide receiver Rondel Melendez in 1999, but neither of these two are receivers. So looking down the list for running backs, the first running back is the 5’11” Chris Johnson who weighed 197 pounds in 2008.
None of the top times were run by men who were 5’10” and weighed more than 200 pounds. As for those who were in the 6’1” to 6’2” range, they ranged from 176 pounds to 210 pounds.
If we were to use the NFL Combine results as a measuring stick for each of these two running backs, we need to look at the leaders from the combine.
Doug Martin from Boise State ran for 1,266 yards and 16 TDs in 2011. He is 5’9” and weighs in at 223 pounds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times to lead the combine running backs. His 40-yard dash time was 4.55, placing him 13th.
Of the top-15 performers in the bench press, all 15 were 5’8” to 5’11”.
Of the top-15 performers in the 40-yard dash, all 15 were 5’8” to 5’11”.
Clearly, Silas Redd is in good company size-wise.
The following is a comparison of the two players in their games last year, and at the end is my preference for either Silas Redd or Michael Alisa.
Read on and see if you agree.