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Silas Redd is on a new chapter
USC hit the jackpot when 1,000-yard rusher Silas Redd decided to transfer from the Penn State Nittany Lions and become a Trojan. He switched schools once the NCAA sanctions were handed down on Penn State and he was eligible to leave without punishment. And while many would like to continue to ask him about his former school, Redd would like to focus on the present.
“I went to Penn State and everything was a great experience and they gave me some great opportunities,” Redd said Monday evening, “but I’m opening a new chapter in my life, so I’m a Trojan now,” (via Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com).
Redd will join a backfield that includes Curtis McNeal, who also rushed for 1,000 yards last season.
George Farmer banged up
USC has the arguably the most talented wide receiving corps in the country, but that doesn't mean there isn't any room left for some of the other players. George Farmer is somebody who is fighting for playing time this fall. The unfortunate part is that he is being sidelined early on with a hamstring injury.
"He hasn’t been able to [stay healthy] yet since he’s been here unfortunately," said head coach Lane Kiffin. "It’s not his fault, it’s just hard to develop guys, it’s hard to figure out how they can help you when they don’t stay healthy very long," (via Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com).
Farmer had four receptions last season for 42 yards. In other wide receiver news, Robert Woods says he is 100 percent and ready to begin the season. Woods has been battling ankle injuries throughout the spring and part of last season as well.
J.R. Tavai practicing at defensive end
Defensive end Devon Kennard had to undergo surgery, which is going to keep him sidelined for a few months. That has given J.R. Tavai the opportunity to move from defensive tackle and take reps at the defensive end position.
“[I] Just found out on the starting day of camp,” Tavai explained. “Coaches needed me to replace DK and that’s what I did,” (via Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com).
Tavai was a backup defensive tackle last season, but did spend some time at defensive end as well. He says he enjoys his new position, as it gives him the chance to do different things on the football field.
“Just learning the playbook,” he explained. “I get to drop now, so that’s pretty fun, turn into a linebacker, I enjoy that.”