Quick Notables from 7/19 Throwing Session

The day following Tyler's announced suspension, few USC players attended the players-only throwing session.

Call it an eerie coincidence, but a day after starting tailback Marc Tyler's suspension was announced, more than half the USC football team was not present at the team's players-only throwing session.

While many attended the 6:30 a.m. work out with strength and conditioning coaches, the throwing session that followed--the only offseason workout open to media--saw a plethora of walk-ons and freshman but just a handful of veteran players.

Linemen like Khaled Holmes and Matt Kalil took an early departure, as did safeties Drew McAllister and Marshall Jones. In the 7on7 throwing drills which quarterback Matt Barkley still led as if he had a full group, linebackers like Dion Bailey and walk-on Luke Freeman dropped back to play safety.

A few veteran players were present at the session, though. Linebacker Shane Horton, defensive ends Devon Kennard, Nick Perry and Kevin Greene and skill players like Brandon Carswell, Rhett Ellison and D.J. Morgan attended the entire morning.

Running backs Morgan, Kamaron Germany and incoming back Amir Carlisle were active throughout the session, catching passes and being vocal in the 7on7 portion. Tailback Dillon Baxter was not present and has not been seen at these throwing-sessions for some time.

At the end of the day, in one final huddle that included about 20 players, mainly walk-ons, Barkley didn't let up. He shouted "one more play," before the session was closed.

Running back D.J. Morgan spoke about the Tyler situation at the close of the day. He said his roommates talked about the Tyler situation. The self-titled "Fab Six," which include Morgan, cornerback Anthony Brown, receiver Robert Woods, tight end Xavier Grimble, linebackers Bailey and Hayes Pullard told Morgan to use this as an opportunity.

"Since I'm the only running back in the room they just said ‘man you see that, the doors opening for you and you better step in and close it. Don't let anybody in behind you.' So I just took that as encouragement," Morgan said.

Morgan said the way he avoids situations such as Tyler is to "just do what's right," mentioning a quote Pat Haden told the team.

"He always tells us if your parents wouldn't like it or you wouldn't tell your mom or do it in front of your mom then it's probably not a good idea."

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