It’s been less than a week since Silas Redd left Penn State behind, but he made it clear after his first practice at USC that his focus is solely on his new home in Southern California.
“I went to Penn State and everything was a great experience and they gave me some great opportunities,” Redd said Monday evening, “but I’m opening a new chapter in my life, so I’m a Trojan now.”
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The USC family is happy to have him.
Redd rushed for 1,241 yards as a Nittany Lion in 2011. He will provide depth to the Trojan backfield that was lacking before he chose to transfer, a decision that came as a result of the NCAA penalties handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.
“I made a business decision,” explained Redd, “and like I said, it was the bigger picture academically, athletically, and I just felt like this was the best place to be.”
Despite the rapid pace with which his circumstances unfolded, it’s been a smooth transition for Redd from his familiar confines in Happy Valley to joining the Trojan Family.
“The guys have responded to me being here pretty well,” Redd explained. “They’ve been receiving me in the locker room and at training table, so it feels great to be a part of the family now.”
“Yeah, he’s fit in right with the team,” said quarterback Matt Barkley. “He’s not coming in as some hot shot or anything like that. He’s a humble guy who puts his head down and works hard.”
Above all else, Redd understands that being part of the family means competing against the other running backs for that top spot on the field.
“Those guys are competitors,” he said. “We are coming out here and we are all competing for that No. 1 spot. There’s no animosity or hard feelings, football is football.”
However, Redd admits that football at USC is a bit different than the brand he’s used to.
“It’s a little more laid back,” he said. “You can really be comfortable playing ball.”
His playbook still fresh off the press, Redd made a few errors on day one of fall camp, but they were of little concern to head coach Lane Kiffin.
“It’s just day one install,” Kiffin explained. “But he did a good job, he went the wrong way a couple of times like you would expect today but in his preparation, you can see that he wants to be great.”
Just day one. But it’s a new chapter. And football is football.