USC defensive tackle Noah Jefferson will transfer from the program, Jefferson said on Tuesday. Jefferson, a sophomore, played in the season-opener against Alabama but has not played since.
USC Coach Clay Helton cited a shoulder sprain, personal issues and, later, academic issues to explain Jefferson's absence. At one point early this season, Jefferson spent a week at home in Las Vegas.
When he returned late in September, Helton said "We're always going to put academics first and make sure he's fully healthy."
He added: "I know he's chomping, ready to get back and everything, and be right."
Jefferson has not practiced with the team since his absence.