When Silas Redd decided to transfer to USC, leaving Penn State and it's egregious scandal behind him, he took with him the hopes of Penn State having any semblance of a successful season.
No one can blame Redd, as he made the decision that a number of us would make. He chose a free pass, away from sanctions and punishments that he didn't earn. He chose a chance at winning a national title instead of a chance at being a part of a team trying to create a new identity for is university.
In the end, Redd chose a path, that while some will say was the easy way out, but in reality it was actually a difficult and trying decision to make.
Redd decided to leave the confines of comfortability behind. He left players that he had formed relationships and memories with. He walked away from a system that was built to showcase his talents, and he did so for a chance at true stardom. The kind of stardom that can only be achieved with a team pursuing an NCAA title—the USC Trojans.
While it wasn't an easy choice to make, for the success of a potential NFL career it was ultimately the wrong choice, as evidenced by his lack of touches in his first game as a USC Trojan.
Redd carried the ball nine times for 56 yards and one touchdown. Without his 31-yard touchdown run, which came on a somewhat busted 4th-and-2 play, Redd only rushed for 25 yards on eight carries.
While his yards-per-carry average wasn't that terrible overall, coming in at 6.1 yards per carry, the fact that he only carried the ball a total of nine times has to be concerning for him.
Sure, Redd also had a flashy 41-yard reception. But that catch was tarnished by a inexcusable fumble at the end of it.
All in all, the reason why Redd should be second guessing his decision to leave Penn State, is because USC just has too much talent around him. With Matt Barkley at quarterback, and Marqise Lee and Robert Woods at wideout, the Trojans' focus is going to be clearly on their passing attack.
While that focus will take pressure off of Redd, and in theory, open up the running game for him, the fact of the matter is that it appears that the Trojans can win games without him, and that's bad news for his career.
If Redd stayed at Penn State, he would have been the focal point of its offense, and while that would have brought along with it the challenge of carrying a team, it would have also been a legitimate chance to spotlight his talents in a more holistic way than he will be able to at USC.
At Penn State, Redd would've had a chance to grow not only as a football player, but also as a leader, which is an extremely valuable intangible.
Instead of being a leader on a team searching for an identity, Redd is now just another high-profile player on a team full of players with their eyes set on playing in the NFL.
Staying at Penn State sure wouldn't have been easy for Redd, but it would have been a trying test that would have helped him grow in a number of ways.
While Penn State's offense would've been solely focused on his production, he would've had a chance to prove just how great of a player he can truly be.
Take for example, Le'Veon Bell and his 44-carry, 210-yard performance. Boise State's defense knew that Bell was getting the ball, but he was able to use that challenge as an opportunity to showcase his true potential.
That is the kind of opportunity Redd would've had at Penn State. A chance to prove that he's capable of putting an entire team on his shoulders and carrying it as far as he possibly can.
Instead of averaging 25-plus carries per game, Redd will now have to settle for between 10 and 15 carries because of the high-powered offense he plays in at USC.
Redd better hope that he can make those limited carries count. If he can't, he'll certainly be regretting his decision to take his talents to the West Coast, instead of staying at Penn State to help build for its future.
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