Silas Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards last season as a sophomore, is leaving Penn State to transfer to USC.

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LOS ANGELES — USC, projected by many to be a leading contender for the Bowl Championship Series football title this season, got a major addition Tuesday when Penn State running back Silas Redd announced he would transfer and join the Trojans.

Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards last season as a sophomore, made his announcement after a meeting with Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.

Redd will be eligible at USC immediately in the wake of NCAA sanctions against Penn State that resulted from the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Redd, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, joins a USC tailback corps that was down to three scholarship players.

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Curtis McNeal, a fifth-year senior, is the Trojans’ returning starter after rushing for 1,005 yards last season.

“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,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement released by the university.

“But (coach) Lane Kiffin and his coaches would not be doing their job if they did not try to improve our team every single day.”

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