Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/31/12
Depth at running back was a huge concern for USC entering the 2012 season. On Tuesday, the Trojans got a little deeper. Penn State running back Silas Redd has announced his intention to transfer to USC as first reported by The Petros and Money Show on FOX Sports Radio last Thursday. Redd, who will be a junior in the fall and has two years of eligibility remaining, rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He led the FBS with 703 rushing yards last October and became the first Nittany Lion to post five consecutive 100-yard games in 14 years. He was a Pop Warner teammate of current USC backup quarterback Max Wittek. Redd becomes the second Nittany Lion to transfer in as many days. On Monday, safety Tim Buckley transferred to North Carolina State. The addition of Redd gives USC head coach Lane Kiffin plenty of toys in the USC offense. As the Trojans playcaller he now has two 1,000-yard rushers, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 3,500-yard passer at his disposal. The opportunity became available for Redd to transfer to USC last week when the NCAA announced sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban, against the Penn State program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The NCAA announced any players on the Penn State roster would be eligible to transfer immediately without penalty. It created somewhat of a free agent frenzy. Kiffin and USC, with a definite lack of bodies at tailback became aggressive in their pursuit of Redd. Kiffin, along with other members of the USC coaching staff, met with Redd last Thursday in Connecticut. The reported three-hour meeting included a power point presentation with Kiffin pitching to the Penn State running back how he would fit into the USC offense. Kiffin also reportedly stressed to Redd that he would be welcomed by his now new USC teammates. Redd was able to see that portion firsthand when he visited USC over the weekend, spending Saturday through Monday in Los Angeles. The addition of Redd puts the Trojans over the 75 scholarship limit allotted by the NCAA due to current sanctions. The NCAA has said schools can go over the scholarship limit to allow a player from Penn State to transfer, unless they are already under NCAA imposed scholarship reductions -as is the case with USC. If an incoming freshman is not able to qualify academically, a scholarship can open up for Redd. However, if that player becomes eligible the alternative may be to take away a scholarship previously awarded to a former walk-on. The Orange County Register reported earlier this week that a former Trojan walk-on would be willing to sacrifice his scholarship to help the team. The Trojans ended spring ball with just three scholarship tailbacks but could see that total rise to five by the time Fall Camp opens on Monday. Before Redd announced his pledge to the Trojans, Kiffin said incoming wide receiver Nelson Agholor would be moved to running back because, as Kiffin puts it, "We have to have some guys there." With Redd, they have a guy who should help a group that was considered one of the few weak links for a team largely considered to be a national title contender.
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