USC has informed Penn State that it is actively pursuing running back Silas Redd for transfer. Penn State was hit with massive NCAA sanctions Monday. One of the punitive measures enacted will allow any player currently on the team to transfer without having to sit out a year.
Redd is the Nittany Lions' most high-profile player, and arguably the most critical piece to the offense. He helped an anemic passing attack last season by rushing for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns on 244 carries. The 5'10, 209-pound junior reeled off five consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing in the middle of the season.
Even at a high-profile school like USC, Redd should be expected to compete for a starting job right away. Curtis McNeal returns for his senior season with the Trojans after rushing for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns on 145 carries last year. Redd has two years of eligibility.