Backup USC QB Scroggins to transfer

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California quarterback Jesse Scroggins plans to transfer this summer.

USC coach Lane Kiffin made the announcement Monday on the school's website.

Scroggins hasn't thrown a pass in two seasons with the Trojans. In spring ball, he appeared to be losing the three-way competition with touted prospects Cody Kessler and Max Wittek to back up senior Matt Barkley this fall.

Kiffin says Scroggins had a strong academic semester that allowed him to transfer. Scroggins had been slowed by academic difficulties in the past.

Along with Kessler and Wittek in 2013, the Trojans also have a commitment from Max Browne from Sammamish, Wash., who's widely considered the nation's top high school quarterback.