UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State starting running back Silas Redd is transferring to USC, espn.com reports citing comments from Redd's father made Tuesday.
Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season and was second-team all-Big Ten, is eligible to play immediately as part of the NCAA's sanctions of Penn State due to the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Normally, transferring players are ineligible for one year after a transfer to another FBS school.
He has also been named to the Walter Camp and Doak Walker awards watch lists this preseason.
USC is not allowed to go over 75 scholarship players, thanks to sanctions the school received in 2010 due to improper benefits. The school needs a spot for Redd, but USC believes at least one player currently on scholarship is academically ineligible. If not, a walk-on player likely would give up a scholarship, the espn.com report stated.
Redd is the second active player on Penn State's roster to transfer after defensive back Tim Buckley transferred to North Carolina State. Quarterback Rob Bolden is also no longer on the roster, but was granted a scholarship release prior to the NCAA's sanctions being handed down.