Penn State running back Silas Redd will transfer to USC, making him the second Penn State player, and the first prominent one, to leave the Penn State program following the heavy sanctions placed on the Nittany Lions' program by the NCAA. Redd is eligible to play immediately without sitting out a season as outlined by the NCAA when it announced the sanctions, which included a four-year bowl ban, for the way Penn State officials handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Redd has two seasons of eligibility remaining, and he figures to step in a major contributor this season for the Trojans, who are expected to be ranked among the top five in preseason polls. Redd ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and was a second-team All-Big Ten pick. The first Penn State player to transfer was safety Tim Buckley, who was a walk-on at Penn State but will be on scholarship at North Carolina State. ---Tommy Rees, Notre Dame's returning starter at quarterback, has been suspended for the season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 1. Rees was arrested in the offseason after a physical encounter with police fleeing a party. He faced four misdemeanor charges, pled guilty to two and the others were dropped. Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese, who got into trouble with Rees, were informed they'd be suspended for the Navy game by by coach Brian Kelly on July 31. ---Wide receiver Kyle Prater was granted clearance from the NCAA to play at Northwestern in 2012. The USC transfer is a dynamic player and was considered one of the top players in the nation coming out of high school. He elected to transfer to be closer to his home in the Chicago area -- Maywood, Ill. -- due to a family issue. Prater applied for a waiver from the NCAA to be able to participate this season instead of sitting out the year as required under transfer rules. ---Running back Greg Bryant has decommitted from Oklahoma's 2013 recruiting class and is now looking at Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia, he told Scout.com. Bryant, a 5-11, 197-pounder from Delray Beach, Fla., was widely rated as a top-five running back nationally. It's not a startling blow to the Sooners, who still have Keith Ford verbally committed to the '13 class.
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