Don't forget about Redd

USC freshman tailback Justin Davis has stolen the show this spring on Howard-Jones practice field... and Lane Kiffin says the starting job is up for grabs... so where does that leave Silas Redd who has been out most of the spring with a torn meniscus? Redd speaks up.

The buzz this spring at USC is all about freshman tailback Justin Davis. USC head coach Lane Kiffin even said Davis might be making the biggest impact midyear player he's ever seen at Troy.

So where does that leave senior Silas Redd?

Well, Redd suffered a torn meniscus just the second week into the five week allotment of spring practices and has been relegated to cheerleading duty ever since.

Asked if Davis would be a strong backup to Redd, Kiffin said Davis could even win the starting job.

Needless to say, Redd is anxious to get back on the field competing.

The nearly-1,000 yard rusher in 2012 says it's been very hard for him to be relegated to the sideline, "I try to get as intense and cheer guys one as much as I can to feel like I'm still part of the team," he said.

Redd has spent much of the spring standing alongside Kiffin during drills and helping his younger teammates out, "Whatever they need me to help them with, helping coach out, doing whatever they need me to do," he said.

Though he hasn't been able to better his football skills through spring drills, Redd has been working on becoming a better leader on a team that is looking for a few new ones, since the graduation of key seniors. "I've been trying to -- my whole career -- just lead by example," he said. "But now Hayes, myself, and a couple of other guys on our team, we're taking it upon ourselves to be more vocal and really get things going in practice."

And as far as the competition at tailback he's been forced watch?

"It's just motivation," Redd said. "[Davis] is a heck of a back. He's 17 years old and is an incredible talent... but training camp is coming up, so we'll get back into the competition."

Also competing in the rotation this spring are redshirt sophomores Buck Allen and Tre Madden.

Redshirt junior D.J. Morgan started spring off strong, but has since been sidelined due to injury.

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