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September 5, 2013
Silas Redd tore his meniscus back in March but just when he thought he'd be back, he had to get another opinion and decided that a procedure at the start of the season. And not taking any chances, he decided to visit one of the most famous orthopedic surgeons for sports in the world.
"I went down and saw Dr. [james] Andrews with the blessing of my coaching staff and my trainers. I'm happy they allowed me to go down there and see him."
Redd said he made the decision recently because things didn't feel quite right yet.
"I got my surgery back in March and I felt like I needed to get things looked at again. It was a blessing that he had time to see me. No matter what the news going to be or what he was going to tell me, I was just happy that he was able to see me."
James Andews is as good as rumored.
"He has a great bedside presence, he's an excellent doctor obviously," Redd said, "he's a very positive guy, no negativity comes from him or his vibe."
As for Redd, he's just living his life with the hope that he'll be ready for football soon.
"I feel good and I'm taking it day by day. It's nothing that I asked for but it is what it is and I'm trying to take it as positively as I can."
He hasn't been working with the team this week but he's working to get back to that point.
"I'm doing everything I can to get back on the practice field. Of course, I don't want to be anywhere else but on the field with my team."
His tailbacks did just fine without him against the Warriors. Tre Madden had 109 yards rushing and Justin Davis had 74 despite a 15-yard fumble loss. The veteran leader Redd was excited to see how the backfield looked during the opener.
"I was extremely proud. We almost had two 100-yard rushers back there. That's a great thing. We had a little adversity with the fumble, but Justin [Davis] bounced back and scored the touchdown so I was extremely proud of Justin and all the backs. Buck Allen had some great blocks and Tre [Madden] obviously had a great game."
His advice was to take advantage of their opportunities while he's trying to get healthy.
"I told them to leave it all out there. You don't get opportunities like that all the time as a running back at USC, it's a big deal."
Just because of his age, young Davis may have been as impressive as any of the backs. Redd isn't quite sure what makes him so good as he is but he admits that the youngster is already there with the best of them.
"I wish I could tell you but he's a great back already," Redd said. "Obviously he's a raw talent at only 17 but his power and speed for a guy that young is impressive. He's stronger and faster than a lot of men. That always helps especially when you're so passionate about the game."
Redd even admitted that he wasn't the type of back Davis is at such a young age.
"At 17, probably not to be honest with you but no two backs are the same. He brings something different to the table than I do and we just feed off each other."
On Saturday, Davis will run out of the Coliseum tunnel for the first time on game day. According to Redd, Davis and the other freshmen are going to experience an intense atmosphere and should be ready to focus.
"It's a lot of adrenaline. The Coliseum is such a prestigious stadium and the intensity is going to be at a high level. We have to remain in ourselves, believe and go out and execute."