USC's Jones granted release to transfer

LOS ANGELES -- USC sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jones has been granted his release to transfer from the school, the university announced.

Jones sat out the Trojans' last five games of the 2009 season because of a neck injury though he had an impressive early-season showing as a first-year player.

Jones, a native of Columbus, Ga., was a 2008 prep All-American out of Carver High. He was a backup strongside linebacker and played on special teams in USC's first eight games last fall before sustaining the injury. He recorded 13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses.

He did not participate in USC's 2010 spring practice because of the injury.