Wednesday Practice: Tyler set for surgery

Redshirt sophomore running back Marc Tyler will undergo surgery next week to correct his injured toe. Tyler said he is looking at a four-month recovery and could be available for spring practices. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice.

Shoemate ready to step in

Servite and Mater Dei renew their rivalry Friday night. The next night at the Coliseum, former Monarch quarterback Matt Barkley will likely find a former Friar behind him in the backfield.

Sophomore fullback DJ Shoemate is likely to start Saturday against Oregon State, with redshirt junior Stanley Havili hampered by a shoulder injury he suffered at Notre Dame.

Havili, tied with tight end Anthony McCoy as the team's second-leading receiver with 14 catches, did not sound optimistic about his availability.

"It doesn't look good," said Havili, who did not practice Wednesday.

In his place would be Shoemate, who has just two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown and one carry for two yards this season, but offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates did not expect any changes to the offensive with him in the lineup.

"DJ has had an excellent week of practice, flying around and knocking people in the mouth," Bates said. "Hopefully Stanley will be back, but we won't miss a beat."

"We've pretty much similar players," said Shoemate of comparisons between himself and Havili. "We can do the same things as far as routes and running.

"If I have to, I'll be ready whatever it is. Extra studying in the film room, extra reps in practice, I'll be ready."

As for Servite's hopes of breaking its 20-year winless streak to Mater Dei, Shoemate expressed confidence this would be the year.

"I spoke to a couple of guys and to the coach," he said. "They feel good."

Regardless of the outcome, it will be a topic of conversation in the USC locker room.

"We like to play around with that, not too much but here and there represent our schools," Shoemate said.

Tyler set for surgery

Redshirt sophomore running back Marc Tyler will undergo surgery next week to correct his injured toe. Tyler, the former Oaks Christian standout, said the situation was frustrating because he believes he would be used in short yardage and goal-line situations, given the absence of senior Stafon Johnson.

"I'm just tired of being hurt," Tyler said. "And it happened out of the blue, like just stepping on someone's foot wrong. I know I'd be playing right now too. It's frustrating."

Tyler said he is looking at a four-month recovery and could be available for spring practices.

USC draws an improving Oregon State secondary

Don't be fooled by 275.3 passing yards per game the Beavers have allowed this season, especially considering Oregon State allowed 564 yards to Arizona State and Stanford after building big leads and forcing them to throw.

"They look like their secondary always looks with a lot of press and get their hands on you," coach Pete Carroll said. "These are going to be really good guys for a long time. If I didn't look at the numbers, I would think they were the guys who always played there."

"The last couple of games, they're putting guys on an island and telling them to do work," redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams said. "They got a lot of faith in their corners."

Quick Hits

-Redshirt senior defensive back Josh Pinkard got a day off to rest his sore foot. Junior defensive tackle Christian Tupou (knee) was limited, but did work some of the service period against the scout team. Redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford was limited because of a sore shoulder, while Carroll did not know what happened to redshirt junior wide receiver David Ausberry.

-Carroll on Jacquizz Rodgers's streak of 454 touches without losing a fumble dating back to his freshman season: "It's incredible, an incredible streak he's got. I can't even imagine how he's been able to get through that given the carries (he gets) as a every-down, lead your team guy."

-Rodgers posted a career-long 61-yard run out of the Wildcat against Stanford, but Carroll said the USC defense would be ready having seen it at Notre Dame and preparing for a similar offense at Ohio State.

"The whole season has been dedicated to it, knowing it would be a part of offenses, so it's not a big change up," Carroll said. "We have to be organized to play it, so in that sense it's not nearly as effective or surprising."

-Redshirt freshman wide receiver Brice Butler made an impressive leaping catch of a Barkley pass, and later spun out of a tackle by corner Daniel Harper on another reception.

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