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|Kyle Prater struggled with injuries during two years at USC.|
"This is one of the best days in my life for me and my family and I'm just happy to be back close to home, my family and my support group," Prater said in a prepared statement. "I'd like to thank USC and their administration for my release. I have the utmost respect for USC and the coaching staff, players, fans and everybody I was in touch with there. This Northwestern degree will take me far and help me become a better person. The dynamics of the school and the team have shown me a lot and I'm just happy to be a Wildcat."