At the top of all the reasons why Silas Redd left Penn State to take his talents to USC was a legitimate chance at winning a national title.
Those hopes took a serious hit when the No. 2 Trojans fell to the No. 21 Stanford Cardinal, in a game where the Trojans looked out-manned, outmatched and severely outworked.
The Trojans all but certainly need to win out, which includes a Nov. 3rd matchup with the mighty Oregon Ducks and a Nov. 24th matchup with a Notre Dame team that looks quite formidable to say the least.
USC's path to the 2013 BCS National Championship game just got a lot more difficult, and that's terrible news for Penn State's most notable defector, Silas Redd.
Since joining the Trojans, Redd has accumulated 179 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That production isn't terrible, but if Redd had stayed at Penn State he could have had those numbers in a single game, not in the culmination of three.
If you take out USC's matchup with Syracuse, who ranks 98th in total defense, Redd has just 73 yards on 23 carries. That kind of production just goes to show the major reason why Redd is going to continue to struggle throughout the 2012 season—USC's lack of an effective offensive line.
Against the Stanford Cardinal, USC's offensive line looked absolutely terrible, and that's a major reason why Redd struggled so severely. That's also why he will continue to take a step back this season, which further solidifies his transfer to USC as a major mistake.
Redd wanted to go to a program where he could have a shot at winning a national championship. Unfortunately, that looks out of reach now.
He also wanted to go to a program that would give him the brightest stage to showcase his talents for when he takes his talents to the NFL. It looks like Redd found that stage with USC, who provides him with national exposure week in and week out. Unfortunately though, it looks like he's also found a team with an offensive line that isn't prepared to help him succeed in the running game.
In addition to Redd's rough transition, he also sustained an apparent injury—as reported by DonBestSports.com—which, while he came back into the game, could certainly hold him back over the longevity of the season.
While Penn State is celebrating the first win of the Bill O'Brien era and looking towards solidifying the foundation for the future of Penn State's program, Redd is left feeling the agony of defeat and the questioning of whether he made the right decision to transfer to USC.
As the college football season progresses, it will be interesting to see how Redd's decision plays out. But for now, it looks like staying in Happy Valley would've given him a better opportunity, both professionally and personally, than transferring to USC has.
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