There is no player on the roster, on offense or defense, that has as much hype surrounding him as sophomore running back Silas Redd. A previous Bleacher Report preview article Redd was mentioned as one of the Big Ten players primed for a big season in 2011 and it is easy to see why.
Redd is physical, quick and shifty. And he studies film of the greatest running backs in football history in a search for elements to add to his own game. His hard work off the field comes from a desire to be great.
"Yes, this is my dream, and, yes, this is where I want to be," said Redd in a story by hos hometown newspaper, The Stamford Times, in Connecticut.. "But at the same time, it's still real life and you still have to work hard. You still have to do everything the right way."
Last season Redd rushed for 437 yards, which was good for second on the team behind Evan Royster. Redd scored just two touchdowns during the season but that number is expected to multiply in 2011 as he becomes the likely candidate to be the primary tailback out of the offensive backfield. With more playing time will come more opportunities to catch a screen pass or two as well. Last season Redd recorded 27 receiving yards on four receptions.
Redd has also been used to return kicks with 147 kick return yards on seven returns, but if he becomes the primary back his opportunities to return kicks should be limited at best.