When Silas Redd graduated from King two years ago, everyone was impressed by his athletic ability but skeptical about how someone who played in the FAA was going to make the leap to Penn State and major college football.
Redd saw his situation as a benefit, not a handicap.
“It was a motivator for me,” King said in a telephone interview from Penn State on Monday afternoon. “I’d get stuff from people at home about going to a private school and not playing in the FCIAC. I think it helped myself and the FAA a lot. It showed people it doesn’t matter where you play, or who you play against, if you have talent they will find you.”
Redd proved his doubters wrong by getting a lot of playing time as a true freshman last year, finishing second on the team with 77 carries for 437 yards, a 5.7 average.
Now Redd is No. 1 on the Nittany Lions’ depth chart, scheduled to be the starter for their opener on Sept. 3 at home against Indiana State.
“Silas had a good spring and preseason,” said Galen Hall, the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach. “He’s looked pretty good. It’s all ahead for him. I think Silas has such a good work ethic. He will do anything he can to make himself better.”
We will have a whole lot more about Redd in a feature story in Sunday’s Stamford Advocate.