This Week In Football: Week 4

09/25/2012 3:19 PM ET
By Staff

In the encore presentation of This Week in Football, TWIF steps outside the pros to profile a local Tri-State area athlete who is likely en route to an NFL career: USC running back Silas Redd.

Born and raised in Norwalk, Conn., Redd played his high school ball at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Conn., before enrolling at Penn State – where he became the starting running back as a sophomore in 2011. But after two years with the Nittany Lions, Redd (along with many other student-athletes) had his world turned upside down in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

“When things first unfolded in November, Silas contemplated perhaps leaving,” Redd’s father, Silas Sr., told TWIF in an exclusive interview. “To have all of these things unfold, it kind of took the fight out of Silas, and it devastated him.”

“When I signed that letter of intent to Penn State, never in a million years would I have thought that everything that transpired would have happened,” the younger Redd said. “I didn’t sign up for that, none of us did. … As soon as they said they banned us for four years I walked out. I got in the shower and I left, I didn’t need to hear anything more, that was enough for me. So, I called my mom and I called my dad and started crying.”

With his days as a Nittany Lion over, many schools recruited the surely NFL-bound budding star, but he ended up at USC after the Trojans appealed to the most important factor in Silas’ decision.

“They came to Connecticut and they sat down with me and they really won my mother over,” Redd said.

It was a perfect match, even if the Trojans’ staff knew little about Redd the person, and it has worked out to the tune of 338 rushing yards and four touchdowns for the now 3-1 Trojans.

“I didn’t know anything about it (about Silas),” USC offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu said. “I was trying to research on our way to Norwalk, Connecticut, but after just 15-20 minutes around him you just saw the character.”

You can see the full in-depth profile on Redd, as well get all of the NFL news of the week and Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans’ weekly fantasy advice, on the encore presentations This Week in Football, which air Friday at 11 p.m. (following Yankees Postgame) and Saturday at 10 p.m. (following Yankees Encore) on YES. comments