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USC football: Receiver Brice Butler to transfer

January 27, 2011 |  7:15 am

Butler_400 With national signing day for recruits less than a week away, USC's roster remained fluid with news that receiver Brice Butler will transfer.

Butler, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior from Georgia, redshirted in 2008. He caught 20 passes, including two touchdowns, in 2009.

But Butler's playing time diminished last season with the arrival of a new coaching staff and freshman Robert Woods. Butler caught only nine passes, one for a touchdown.

Butler could not be reached for comment. But on his Twitter feed late Wednesday night, he said:

"Always will be a part of trojan nation! No regrets, I just gotta go play fball, which isn't happening here... I love all yall! Always will"

He also added: Was not an easy decision but evaluatin my future and what I want to do, it woulda been difficult here at this point so I made my dec"

Butler would have to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school to avoid having to sit out a season.

--Gary Klein

Photo: Brice Butler. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times