Silas Redd named (King School/Norwalk,CT) Walter Camp Connecticut College Football Player of Year

by CTalentTv on April 2, 2012

Penn State All-Big Ten tailback Silas Redd has been named the 2011  Connecticut Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.The honor is presented annually to the top college football player who is a resident of the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Player of the Year is selected by the all-volunteer membership of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Redd, a Penn State sophomore and former King School standout from Norwalk (and a member of the 2011 Walter Camp All-America team, which includes Nittany Lion senior defensive tackle Devon Still) will be honored at the organization’s awards banquet on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Redd is the first Nittany Lion to be selected Walter Camp’s Connecticut Player of the Year. The award was first presented in 1981.

A second-team All-Big Ten honoree by the media and coaches, Redd finished the regular season with 1,188 rushing yards, good for No. 12 on Penn State single-season list. He needs 49 yards in Penn State’s TicketCity Bowl clash with No. 19 Houston to move into 10th place. Evan Royster (1,236 in 2008) and Curtis Enis (1,210 in 1996) rank No. 10 and 11.

Redd is No. 4 in the Big Ten Conference at 99.0 ypg (1,188 yds, 5.2 avg.) with seven rushing touchdowns. He was limited by a collarbone/sternum injury final three games of season but is expected to 100 percent for the game with Houston.

Redd led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players with 703 rushing yards in October, including five consecutive 100-yard games. He is the first Nittany Lion with five consecutive 100-yard games since All-American Curtis Enis in 1997. Redd gained career-high 164 yards on just 18 carries (9.1) in Penn State’s 34-24 win at Northwestern on Oct. 22. He gained 137 yards on career-high 30 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown vs. Illinois one week later.

Redd has the Nittany Lions’ two longest runs of the season, 42 yards, in wins at Northwestern and Ohio State.

In his first year as Penn State’s starting tailback, Redd is the 12th different Penn State player to post 1,000 yards rushing in a season (20 times overall).

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