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USC football: Receiver Brice Butler will remain with Trojans

May 9, 2011 |  4:26 pm

Brice-butler_250 Brice Butler, a USC receiver who did not participate in spring practice and contemplated transferring, will remain with the Trojans, the school announced Monday.

"We are pleased with Brice's decision to continue his development as a student-athlete at USC," Coach Lane Kiffin said.

Butler, a fourth-year junior from Georgia, caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown last season.

Butler's father Bobby, a former NFL player, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in January that Kiffin did not give his son a fair chance.

Butler's absence from spring practice cost him a chance to work with new receivers coach Ted Gilmore. It also gave senior Brandon Carswell and sophomores Markeith Ambles and De'Von Flournoy a chance to compete for the starting spot opposite sophomore Robert Woods.

Butler will now compete for playing time with that group as well as redshirt freshman Kyle Prater and incoming freshmen George Farmer, Victor Blackwell and Marqise Lee.


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Photo: USC receiver Brice Butler makes a reception in front of Arizona State's Brandon Magee during a Pac-10 game at the Coliseum last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times