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

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Silas Redd Might Be Back, but Is the USC Offense Better Without Him?
(Kyle Kensing | Bleacher Report )

Running back Silas Redd told the Associated Press he hopes to return for USC’s Pac-12 Conference opener Saturday against Washington State, but if the senior is not fully recovered from an offseason knee injury, the Trojan ground game should be just fine. Since the two-headed, backfield monster of Reggie Bush and LenDale White left USC after the 2005 season, the program has sought replacements in the run attack. An assembly line of backs have come through the program, most highly touted recruits, with varying results. USC may have its long-awaited dynamic duo in youngsters Tre Madden and Justin Davis.

USC Secondary Prime For Mike Leach-Led Offense
(Evan Budrovich | Conquest Chronicles )

With injuries to top cornerbacks Anthony Brown and Kevon Seymour suffered last week, the likes of Dion Bailey, Josh Shaw (converted CB in 2012) and even rising senior Torin Harris -who recently received sincere props rom Marqise Lee for his improved effort this season- have been tossed into the fire amongst the rotation of talent for USC. “We are a team that operates with the next guy up mentality,” Pendergast said when asked about injury concerns across the board during the past few weeks of practice. “So whoever that guy is regardless of position, we are not going to let any injury stop what we have to do scheme wise.”

Kiffin: QB questions part of the job
(Kevin Gemmell | ESPN Pac-12 Blog )

After all, it’s USC — where good enough is hardly ever good enough, and criticisms come easier than kudos. Whatever criticisms the media has of Kiffin, and it’s usually not shy about sharing them, Kiffin and USC are 1-0. Three other Pac-12 teams would love to be in that position — one of which was previously ranked. In Kiffin’s mind, the win is all that matters. And he’s right. Agree or disagree with the way Kiffin captains his ship, calls his plays or manages his personnel, he’s right. It wasn’t always pretty against Hawaii, especially offensively. But it was a win. “I’ve gotten over that frustration over the years of being here,” Kiffin said. “It is what it is. You sense that immediately in the postgame news conference when you come out to the media. There’s not a lot of questions about the brand new freshmen making plays. Significant plays. Justin Davis almost going for 100 yards. Su’a Cravens getting an interception on the fourth play of his career. The questions are always about something negative. It is what it is.”

SC Visit for Dwayne Bacon?
(Chris Swanson| USCFootball.com)

Louisville and Ohio State might have the basketball tradition but Bacon has faith in what USC could become. “I don’t know a lot about USC but I know that it’s in California, it’s kind of close to Hollywood and it’s a big school,” Bacon said. “It’s not a strong basketball school but since it’s big school, I think I could help them become a big basketball program.” He also has faith in USC’s coaching staff. “I got to meet them and they’re really good guys,” he said. “I think they’ll turn that program around.”

Dewayne Dedmon Signs With Golden State Warriors
(Max Meyer | Galen Central )

USA Today’s Sam Amick tweeted this afternoon that former USC big man Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to Dedmon’s agent Mike Silverman. Dedmon was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft after finishing his junior year with averages of 6.7 points and 7 rebounds per game. He was also suspended at the end of the season, along with teammate James Blasczyk, after taking part in an alleged fight in Spokane, Washington.

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