Dec 31, 2012; El Paso, TX, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Silas Redd (25) scores on a 9-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cornerback Louis Young (8) defends in the 2012 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

USC 2012 Evaluations: RB Silas Redd

Stats: 12 games played, 167 attempts for 905 yards, , 9 touchdowns, long of 57 yards

What Stood Out: Silas Redd showed almost instantly why Lane Kiffin went to great lengths to acquire him from Penn State: his dominant ground play and punch-you-in-the-mouth aggressive style of running allowed him to eat yard after yard, and he dared opposing defenses to bring him down. Rushing for over 100 yards–with the highest being 158–three times this season, Redd was an excellent compliment to Curtis McNeal. He shed tackles, found holes, stiff-armed, and juked his way to gain extra yards, and he never quit because of a little contact. He’s both quick and light on his feet but solid, and can bowl through defenses effortlessly.

What Needed Work:: Redd had a few fumbles here and there throughout the season, most notably on the road at Arizona, which would normally warrant an extended stay in Coach Kiffin’s doghouse. But for Redd, the real struggle he faced in 2012 was staying healthy. Ankle problems nagged at him at especially throughout the latter half of the season, causing him to miss the entirety of the game against Arizona State and he only saw the field for three plays against UCLA.

Final Word:While the season surely did not go the way Redd envisioned when he left Penn State for Troy, he had a standout year individually nonetheless. If he can stay healthy, count on him to lead USC’s running game in 2013. His experience will go a long way, as the Trojans will field a corps of redshirt sophomores Tre Madden and D.J. Morgan, and newcomers Ty Isaac and Justin Davis.

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