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LOS ANGELES (Sports Network) - Running back Silas Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Penn State, is transferring to USC.
Redd is the highest-profile student athlete to transfer from Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. On Monday, backup safety Tim Buckley became the first Penn State football player to transfer when he went to North Carolina State.
Redd will be eligible to compete this upcoming season for the Trojans. He has two seasons of eligibility left.
"We welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan Family. He is an outstanding student and athlete. When the NCAA presented the option to transfer, Silas and his family put a lot of thought and research into making this decision," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement. "At USC, we've seen both sides of this issue, having lost a number of players to transfer due to our NCAA sanctions in 2010. But Lane Kiffin and his coaches would not be doing their job if they did not try to improve our team every single day. There is a specific need here for a player like Silas Redd, so Lane and our coaches recruited him within the guidelines set up in this instance by the NCAA."