The 2009 football season began with a lot of excitement for quarterback Aaron Corp. He'd been named the starter late in spring practice and was poised to lead the Trojan offense in the fall.
But after breaking a bone in his leg early in fall camp, Corp lost his starting spot to true freshman Matt Barkley. And now after starting just one game in his USC career, Corp has decided to move on.
Corp will transfer from USC to Richmond, where he'll play for head coach Latrell Scott.
"I'm very excited to get on campus and start class on Monday," Corp said. "Richmond allowed me the opportunity to compete and play right away and I was very comfortable meeting with Coach Scott and his staff. The university has a tremendous football program and is nationally-recognized for its academics, especially in my major of international studies."
Corp appeared in three games in 2009, including starting at quarterback in USC's 16-13 loss at Washington. In that game, Corp went 13-of-22 for 110 yards and an interception.
He finished the season 17-of-26 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
USC head coach Pete Carroll named Corp the starting quarterback just prior to USC's final scrimmage of the spring. Corp earned the job because of his accuracy and mobility.
"He's had a great spring, and he's done everything he can to maximize this opportunity at this point," Carroll said at the time. "He understands the offense. He's moved around well with it. He's made his mistakes, but he's really been able to avoid the costly mistakes. That's what you like to see in your starting quarterback."
But the leg injury suffered on the third day of fall camp hampered Corp's mobility. After struggling at Washington, questions about Corp's confidence emerged.
Less than a month later, Mitch Mustain passed Corp on the depth chart and became the Trojans' backup quarterback.
"This is an exciting time at the University of Richmond and we are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the Spider Football Family," Scott said. "He is a standout football player, an even better young man and we're expecting him to compete for playing time in the spring."
Corp will be eligible to play as a junior next fall.
"We wish Aaron the best," Carroll said. "I know it'll work out well for him."