LOS ANGELES -- USC wide receiver Devon Williams has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple media reports. Head coach Clay Helton did not speak to reporters to confirm the news on Wednesday, but Williams was not at practice with the team.

Williams is just a sophomore who played in 12 games as a true freshman for USC. He played at receiver and on special teams and finished the 2018 season with four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

His playing time remained stagnant in the first two games of 2019. Williams did not play against Fresno State, then made just one catch for 11 yards against Stanford while backing up senior Michael Pittman Jr. Williams appeared to be the heir apparent to Pittman when the senior graduated following this season.

Williams, an Antelope Valley High product, was a four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He chose USC over Oregon in 2018.

His departure doesn't leave USC in a bad position at receiver. Beyond the starters - Pittman, Velus Jones, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns - freshmen Drake London and Munir McClain are beginning to integrate themselves into the rotation. John Jackson III is still waiting to make his season debut, while Kyle Ford has begun to practice as he works to return from an ACL tear.

But the Trojans might need to move someone to the X receiver position. Williams was Pittman's backup at the spot, and now the only remaining backup at the position is walk-on senior Matthew Hocum.

Williams becomes the second USC player to enter the transfer portal this fall, joining quarterback Jack Sears, who did so the week of the season opener.

Defensive end Christian Rector (ankle) didn't practice for the second straight day on Wednesday. Whereas on Tuesday he dressed in full pads, the senior captain was in a jersey without his helmet or shoulder pads on Wednesday.

Rector rode the stationary bike during the portion of practice open to media on Wednesday. If he can't play against BYU, Rector's backup on the depth chart is junior Connor Murphy, who had a sack and two tackles against Stanford.

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