Hawaii vs USC: Silas Redd Will Be Trojans' X-Factor

Shawn BrubakerContributor IISeptember 1, 2012

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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There are few questions with this USC Trojans team, but how it will use Silas Redd remains to be seen, making him the X-factor for the Trojans.

The addition of Redd gives the Trojans the most talented backfield in the Pac-12, and possibly the country.

The Trojans return top running back Curtis McNeal, who rushed for 1,005 yards in 2011 on an amazing 6.9 yards-per-carry average. Redd, meanwhile, was the lone offensive bright spot for Penn State in 2011, with 1,241 yards on 244 carries.

With the Trojans' excellent offensive line paving the way, McNeal and Redd should prove to be a stellar duo in the backfield.

Redd is the player, though, with the potential to truly take over games. At Penn State, he did just that on a regular basis. Despite defenses loading up to stop the run, Redd was regularly able to carry the offense in a way that few backs could.

Though not a big back, Redd has surprising power and excellent burst through the hole. Often, he would find ways to sneak through seemingly nonexistent holes in the defense.

With Redd forming half of the best backfield in the Pac-12, the Trojans find themselves stacked at every single position on offense. Matt Barkley is the best quarterback in the nation, Robert Woods is one of the best receivers in Trojan history and the offensive line is still stellar.

All in all, this Trojan offense looked absolutely dynamic even before adding Redd. With Redd, it has to be considered the best offense in the nation.

Look for this offense to dominate against Hawaii tonight. The real story in this game will be how the Trojans use Redd and McNeal, as that will give fans a better idea of how the two backs will be used as the season progresses.