Former Miami receiver Thearon Collier transfers to USC

Former Miami reciever Thearon Collier arrived on Southern California's campus Saturday after transferring to the school.

The 5-foot-9 Collier will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and will be a junior when he is eligible next fall.

In two seasons with the Hurricanes, he caught 44 passes for 574 yards and three touchdowns and returned 20 punts for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

As a sophomore he made one start while appearing in 12 games. He had 11 punt returns for 152 yards and two touchdowns and totaled 418 all-purpose yards.

Because the Trojans will have 30 fewer scholarships to give over the next three years as a result of the NCAA sanctions related to former player Reggie Bush, coach Lane Kiffin said the school had considered several transfers.

"He's been through a lot, had a very tough life so far," Kiffin said. "He wanted a fresh start."