Injuries have ripped through the roster of the USC Trojans in 2013 which has hurt their ability to compete on a consistent basis. Nobody has epitomized their injury woes this season quite like running back Silas Redd who has struggled to find the field this season because of injuries. His latest injury to his right knee appears likely to end his collegiate career and cap a frustrating senior season for Redd and the Trojans.
After transferring to USC from the Penn State Nittany Lions prior to the 2012 season, Redd showed what he was capable of as he led the Trojans in rushing his first year on campus. As a junior, Redd rushing for 905 yards on 167 carries with nine touchdowns as he assumed control of the backfield and looked poised to carry the load as a senior in 2013. However, a left knee injury in spring practice kept Redd sidelined for the first five games of the season.
His current right knee injury happened in USC’s win over the Cal Bears when he landed awkwardly at the end of a run. He sat out the next two games before returning against the UCLA Bruins where he carried the ball five times for just 25 yards. Redd has been sidelined during the team’s practices leading up to their matchup against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl after interim head coach Clay Helton described Redd’s knee as being “worse than expected,” and said the senior’s status was highly doubtful for the bowl game.
If Redd misses the game next Saturday, he will finish the season with just 376 yards and one touchdown on 81 carries. It has been a disappointing run this season for Redd who came to USC for an opportunity to compete for conference and national titles. Thanks to a rash of injuries during his senior season, however, Redd will not even get the chance to play in a bowl game to finish his college career.