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USC’s Redd Cleared To Play, Lee Progresses

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Southern California received some (much needed) good news this week when interim head coach Ed Orgeron announced that Silas Redd has been cleared to play.

The running back has missed the entire season with a knee injury suffered in spring practice. The Penn State transfer led the Trojans in rushing last year with 905 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

He’ll have to compete for carries if he returns for USC’s Oct. 10 home matchup versus Arizona.

Southern California has rushed for 190.6 yards per game in his absence, led by Tre Madden. The redshirt sophomore, who missed all of last season and spring drills with a torn knee ligament, has rushed for a team-high 583 yards and has scored three receiving touchdowns. Madden became the first Trojans back to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his first three games to start a season.

Freshman Justin Davis has added an addition 311 rushing yards during Redd’s hiatus.

Orgeron seems to have a bit more of an open policy that his predecessor, and famously tight-lipped, Lane Kiffin when discussing injuries.

Orgeron told reporters on Wednesday that Marqise Lee is “getting better daily.”

The All-American wide receiver is progressing from a sprained knee suffered against Arizona State. Lee’s status for the Arizona game remains in doubt.