Penn State awaits tailback Silas Redd's decision

Posted: July 31, 2012

A decision is expected Monday from Penn State tailback Silas Redd that will impact the perception of the 2012 Nittany Lions tremendously.

If Redd, who is considering transferring to Southern California, leaves, Penn State is left to pick up the pieces of an offense suddenly without a standout skill position player. If he stays, Penn State returns one of the nation's top running backs who can be a workhorse in Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense.

Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a sophomore starter. He has two years of eligibility remaining, though many believe he's prepared to forgo his senior collegiate season to enter the NFL draft.

If Redd, a team captain, were to announce he's going to transfer, he would become the first Nittany Lion to take advantage of the NCAA sanction allowing the school's players to transfer without penalty.

A few other players have taken visits and been in touch with other schools. Backup quarterback Rob Bolden reportedly made an official visit to Louisiana State, the defending SEC champ, this weekend. Starting kicker and punter Anthony Fera was reportedly in his home state of Texas mulling over an offer to play for the University of Texas.

Penn State fans are hoping Redd doesn't leave, creating a domino effect to other players. If he returns, it will be as big a victory for O'Brien as he could ask for in July.


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