Senior running back Silas Redd will not suit up for Ed Orgeron’s 7-3 USC Trojans on Saturday, when they play host to the No. 5-ranked Stanford Cardinal at the LA Coliseum.
For Redd, it will be his sixth missed game of the season. The senior missed the season’s first five games due to a knee injury, all of which came with Lane Kiffin at the helm of the Trojans.
In five games with Orgeron as interim head coach, Redd has totaled 351 yards on 76 carries, highlighted by a 140-yard effort at Oregon State two weeks ago.
Last week in Berkeley against the Cal Golden Bears, Redd had just six first quarter carries before being removed from the game as precaution, due to a knee injury. One unsubstantiated report listed the injury as a sprained PCL for Redd, but neither Orgeron or any other USC spokesmen have commented on the specifics of the injury.
With Redd out of the game, USC will rely on a two-headed backfield of Buck Allen, Ty Isaac, hope that leading rusher Tre Madden can go. Madden is currently listed as probable, but missed last week’s game. Allen and Isaac combined for 222 yards and four carries last week at Cal.
Fullback Soma Vainuku hasn’t gotten much time as a ball carrier, but he’s been getting time at running back this week due to the injuries to Redd, Madden, Justin Davis and D.J. Morgan.