Finally, the USC Trojans are seeing the Silas Redd that Penn State fans came to know and love over the past two years.
Against California, Redd went off for an impressive 158 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, for an average of 7.5 yards per carry.
That's an even more impressive average when you consider that over the first three games with the Trojans, Redd accumulated 180 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, for an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
More important than the dominant performance Redd put on against a below-average California defense is the fact that Lane Kiffin is starting to realize the importance of getting Redd the ball.
Redd is the kind of runner who needs a number of carries to get going. He's a streaky runner, and he can't get hot if he's not getting the ball. USC saw that in their loss to the Stanford Cardinal where Redd's carries were sporadic.
While Redd has home-run potential, he plays his best football when he's able to string runs and carries together. In a lot of ways he's a "momentum runner".
The Trojans are finally starting to realize that and understand just how important getting him carries is to their success. Without Redd getting carries, the Trojans become too fixated on passing the ball and teams aren't forced to keep fixated on the run.
That is bad news for Matt Barkley, as we've seen over the past two weeks as he's thrown four interceptions and just two touchdowns.
Redd is integral to USC's success and the coaching staff is starting to realize that. That's good news for Redd because until his matchup with the California Golden Bears, his transfer to USC was looking like a disappointment.
It's good to see Redd excelling away from Penn State because he certainly deserves a legitimate chance to succeed. He has worked hard enough for that opportunity, and it's good to see that he's finally getting it.
Whether Redd takes advantage of the opportunity is up to him. But at least Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are starting to give Redd the carries and the showcase that he deserves.
Adversity often times brings forth success—and it looks like that will be the case for Redd.
While Penn State fans are rightfully upset and/or disappointed at Redd's departure, they have to be glad that he's starting to do well and reach his potential.
Once a Nittany Lion. Always a Nittany Lion.
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