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USC receiver Hills leaves football team

Joe Hills, being tackled by Addison Williams, scores the first touchdown in the second quarter.
Joe Hills, being tackled by Addison Williams, scores the first touchdown in the second quarter.

A day after moving from receiver to defensive back, USC junior Joe Hills moved out completely.

Hills, who as recently as Wednesday was working with the first-team offense, told coaches he intends to transfer.

“Joe Hills is no longer a member of our team,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said Friday. “Simple as that.”

“We (had) a brief discussion, and he wants to be a great receiver somewhere,” Gamecocks receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said. “He’s moving on. We wish him the best.”

Spurrier Jr. said Hills recently was suspended for a day, but it was for a minor issue.

Spurrier Jr. said he did not know what schools Hills was considering.

“He’ll have some options. He’s a good player,” Spurrier Jr. said. “He’s a good-looking kid. He’s smart. He’s got good grades. Doesn’t have any baggage. He’s not a bad kid. He’ll get an opportunity somewhere.”

Attempts to reach Hills were unsuccessful.

Hills injured his knee during his first preseason camp in 2007 and burned his redshirt season when he was in for two plays against Mississippi State — his only action all season.

He played in 11 games last season, catching 11 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He made three starts in 2008 and was expected to be a key contributor this year.

But following his one-day suspension and his two dropped passes in Wednesday’s scrimmage, Hills was moved to safety, a position he played at Palmetto High in Florida.

He lasted one practice at safety before informing Spurrier Jr. he wanted to be a receiver.

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