Going into the season, the USC Trojans had a lot of depth at the running back position, led by senior Silas Redd.
However, Redd was having issues with his knee. He suffered a meniscus tear during spring practice and hasn’t been 100% since. Nevertheless, Redd returned to practice on August 17th hoping to be ready for the team’s first game against Hawaii. That didn’t happen.
Lane Kiffin, the man in charge of the USC football team, didn’t want to take any chances this time around and risk having to lose his most experienced running back for the rest of the season. Instead, Silas Redd flew to Florida to see Dr. James Andrews and have a procedure done.
When asked about Redd’s return, Kiffin said “I hope this week”.
Last season, Redd ran 905 yards and recorded 9 touchdowns. He opted to stay at USC for another season and play his senior year before heading to the NFL Draft.
So who replaced Redd during his absence in the season opener against Hawaii?
Besides Redd, D.J. Morgan and Javorius “Buck” Allen are the only two running backs with experience on the field. In his career at USC, Morgan has 83 carries, 364 yards and 1 touchdown. Allen, on the other hand, has a total of 10 carries for 50 yards.
Needless to say, despite the depth at the position which includes sophomore Tre Madden and freshmen, Ty Isaac and Justin Davis, the running back position is highly inexperienced.
With Morgan out due to the injury, Kiffin gave much of the playing time to Madden and Davis during the Hawaii game.
Tre Madden was a former linebacker who converted to running back during the spring of 2012, but suffered an injury which forced him to sit out and redshirt the 2012 season. During the game against Hawaii, Madden was the starter and proved that he can run. He recorded 109 yards and 18 carries and was an integral part of the Trojans’ offense.
Justin Davis, the freshman running back also got a lot of playing time alongside Madden. During fall camp, Davis showed that he was mature despite his age and experience, he can be a starter for the USC football team. He recorded 74 yards and scored a touchdown which helped solidify the Trojans’ victory on Thursday night against Hawaii.
Madden and Davis made up for Redd’s absence and made up for the rather poor performance displayed by USC’s passing game. Redd’s return for this weekend’s game against Washington State is listed at questionable. There is a chance he might get some playing time, but it looks unsure as of now if he will start. When Redd returns, Madden and Davis might see a decrease in their playing time, but even that is not certain.
We’ve learned that depth charts don’t mean much to Kiffin, but Redd, Madden and Davis are all listed as co-starters. We thought that Kiffin was confused about his starting QB; now it looks like there’s another position that Kiffin has to think about.
Will Silas Redd be the starting RB for the Trojans once he returns or will he split time with Tre Madden and Justin Davis?
Only time will tell.
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