Looking for his Shot

When talking with USC tailback Marc Tyler about the upcoming season you can hear the excitement in his voice and get the sense that he is relieved to be at full stregth and able to compete against the Trojans other talented backs this fall. "It's exciting because now I know that I am healthy," Tyler said. "Now it's just going to camp and competing."

After redshirting last season while recovering from a leg injury that he suffered in his senior season at Oaks Christian HS, USC tailback Marc Tyler will report to Fall Camp on August 5th healthy, focused and ready to show his skills.

"It feels good to be able to workout this offseason because last year I was hurting so much that I didn't get to do much," said Tyler, who is in great shape after completing the offseason workout program with Coach Carlisle. "I feel like I'm in shape and ready to go.

"Last summer I would run a route and I would be hurting so much and now I just feel good and my ankle feels good. This is the best I have felt."

For Tyler, the beginning of Fall Camp is an opportunity to climb the crowded depth chart at tailback by showing off his many skills now that he is at full strength.

"I definitely feel better than I did last summer coming into camp," Tyler said. "Just knowing everything and knowing what to expect and how practices are is a good thing.

"It's exciting because now I know that I am healthy. Now it's just going to camp and competing."

The highly touted running back admitted that he went through some frustrating times last season but credits the Trojans' veteran leaders for keeping him from getting discouraged about his situation.

"Thomas Williams was the one that would get on me and would tell me ‘this is how we do it here'," said Tyler. "Just working on the scout team against Thomas Williams, Keith Rivers, Sedrick Ellis and all those guys made me better.

"I think the older guys just instill it in you as you go. They put it in you that you can work harder than you think you are capable of, and make you better. The players show by how they practice and how they play how you are supposed to work here at USC."

With the possibility of playing time within reach and a year of experience under his belt Tyler is determined to make the most of his opportunity in 2008.

"I need to go in there whenever I get a chance and make something happen," said Tyler, who has a handful of talented playerss ahead of him in the running back rotation. "I think this year I am more serious and I am ready to go.

"I'm ready to go this season, just like back in the old days. I'm ready to come out and show everybody."

Marc Tyler races past Luthur Brown during practice.

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