News of star running back Silas Redd leaving Penn State for USC isn’t a shock, but it will be a blow to a Nittany Lion offense that already figured to be challenged even with Redd. The 5-10, 200-pound Redd—who is on the Doak Walker watch list–was primed to be the team’s top offensive playmaker this fall for an offense that again figured to struggle, especially through the air. [Read Redd’s statement to the media] Redd ranked fourth in the Big Ten last season in rushing, averaging 95.5 yards per game after carrying 244 times for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns.
Star tailback Silas Redd is bolting Penn State for Southern California. The 1,200-yard rusher opted Tuesday to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban. The NCAA gave Penn State players the option to transfer immediately and play for another school this year. Redd visited USC over the weekend and heard coach Lane Kiffin’s pitch to be a key cog for a Trojans team expected to be highly ranked and contend for the Pac-12 title. USC
It’s been an historic year for the Penn State football program but for all of the wrong reasons. The Nittany Lions head into Dallas to face the high-octane offense of the Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl at noon ET on Jan. 2. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post and find the entire 2011-12 bowl schedule. PENN STATE (9-3) VS. HOUSTON (12-1) Storyline: Penn State looks to end a turbulent season marred by a child sex-abuse scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job. The
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up next: Penn State. Watch our video from the Nittany Lions’ narrow victory over Illinois now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. Coming up: The rest of the Big Ten in Purdue and Wisconsin. Read all the one’s we’ve posted so far on our Season in Review page. PENN STATE Record: 9-3 overall; 6-2 Big Ten Bowl: TicketCity vs. Houston Season recap:
Love them or hate them, Penn State’s football uniforms are here to stay. During the BTN Football Tour, we asked PSU’s Silas Redd what he thought about his team’s uniforms. Let’s just say, he’s a fan of tradition.