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Defensive Backs Je’Quari Godfrey and Ykili Ross leaving USC football program

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Redshirt freshman cornerback Je’Quari Godfrey and reshirt junior safety Ykili Ross have decided to transfer out of the Trojans football program.

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The depth of USC’s secondary took a minor hit on Tuesday.

After sitting out all of last season to injury, redshirt freshman Je’Quari Godfrey, along with redshirt junior safety Ykili Ross, both decided to transfer out of USC, coach Clay Helton announced after Tuesday’s practice.

“[Ykili Ross and Godfrey] are great men and two great kids. We thanked them for their service and we wish them all the best,” per Reign of Troy.

Godfrey utilized last year to recover from a knee inury he suffered while going to Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, CA. With guys like senior Iman Marshall and highly touted freshman Oliajah Griffin, son of hip hop rapper Warren G, in front of him on the depth chart, chances were that Godfrey wasn’t going to see much playing time with the first team defense this season.

Meanwhile, Ross made it clear Monday that he intends on focusing his attention this semester towards graduating. He’ll then finish his college playing career elsewhere as a graduate transfer, per USCFootball.com’s Chris Trevino, who noted that Ross had gotten into a skirmish with another teammate during last week.

The good news for USC fans is that the Trojans still have cornerbacks Ajene Harris and Jonathan Lockett, who the Trojans may be able to plug in at cornerback if need be.