USC’s Silas Redd is set to have knee surgery on Tuesday, to repair a torn meniscus that he sustained during last Thursday’s practice, said Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin.
Redd will miss the remainder of spring ball but should be 100-percent come the fall. He attended Saturday’s scrimmage, but watched from the sidelines in sweats.
The running back was USC’s lead rusher in 2012, having had three games with 100 yards or more. He did not have the season he envisioned when he left Penn State for Southern California last year, as a few injuries and an overall underwhelming effort from the Trojans hampered his productivity.
So far this spring, the senior had shown more quickness and agility during drills and has taken on a leadership roll to USC’s younger running backs Tre Madden, Buck Allen, and Justin Davis.
For the first time in a few seasons USC has depth at the running back position, so his absence will not be a major setback for the rest of spring camp. It does however give Davis and Allen the opportunity to show Kiffin respectively why he should be the second option for the Trojans during the season.
Redd is one of three Trojans so far to have knee injuries during the first two weeks of camp; Marqise Lee dinged his and Max Wittek strained his MCL during the first scrimmage. Wittek missed this past week’s practices, and did Lee, but both are expected to return after spring break.