Miami's Thearon Collier moves to USC

Updated: August 22, 2010, 12:03 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Former Miami special-teams standout Thearon Collier has transferred to USC, coach Lane Kiffin announced Saturday.

Collier attended USC's scrimmage on campus Saturday and will begin practicing with the service team Monday, but the 5-foot-9 receiver will have to sit out the 2010 season due to transfer rules. Collier played two seasons for the Hurricanes, catching 44 passes for 574 yards. He returned two punts for touchdowns last season as a sophomore.

Last month, USC released offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson from his letter of intent so he could commit to play for Miami. Henderson was viewed by some recruiting services as the No. 1 incoming freshman in the nation.

The Trojans were severely sanctioned by the NCAA in June. Among the penalties were scholarship limitations over the next three seasons and a two-year bowl ban. The NCAA also ruled that juniors and seniors could transfer to other schools without sitting out a season. Six of them have already left.

"When the sanctions first took place and people started attempting to raid our roster, we basically took the approach we needed to research any possible transfers there are, with our numbers where they're at," Kiffin said.

Collier was dismissed from the Miami football team earlier this month for violating team rules, according to the Palm Beach Post. He did not participate in Miami's spring game.

"He's been through a lot, had a very tough life so far," Kiffin said. "I'm glad we can give him an opportunity. Talking to a number of people, I think it's very clear this is something that's good for him, to get away from home and have a fresh start."

Mark Saxon is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.