Penn State’s Silas Redd: Latest RB Star, Leads Big 10 in Rushing


Let the “Hunt for Redd October” puns begin. Only Bobby Rainey of Western Kentucky has had more rushing yards in this month 569-566 then Silas Redd of #21 Penn State. The 5-10, 209 lb sophomore back is even ahead of Alabama’s Trent Richardson, who’s considered a current front runner for the Heisman.

The Nittany Lions tailback has had four straight 100 yards games, and at Northwestern he had 119 by halftime. Redd is a huge reason the Lions are proving the doubters wrong. And he’s becoming the star player on a team that most people believe isn’t a legit 7-1.

“There’s a lot of negativity out there. They don’t even know why we’re 7-1, and our motto has been trying to prove people wrong,” Redd said.

The speed and power back replaced Evan Royster, Penn State’s all-time leading rusher. Redd learned quite a bit from him.

“One of the grad assistants types up a blocking scheme sheet on all of the opponents each week. Evan prided himself on paying a lot of attention to that and watching a lot of film. If you pay attention where your lineman are going, you’ll see the holes a lot better an a lot quicker,” Redd explained of Royster’s tutelage.

Royster was a really special back, especially when you realize that he was the leading rusher at a school that produced Larry Csonka, Curtis Enis, Larry Johnson, Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter and many more.

Of course, they all had a lot of great OLs too.

“It’s a pleasure to run behind those guys. Kudos to my line they did a great job from the start and didn’t let up until there were four zeroes on the clock,” Redd said about his group of big uglies.

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