The latest whispers were that junior tailback Marc Tyler may be the next player to leave the team, but as he lets us know today, he intends to finish out his career as a Trojan.
The 5-11, 223-pound running back said he doesn't know where the rumor was started.
"I don't really care where they come from. I just think its funny," he said. "Since I haven't played that much they figure that I will be the next guy to leave."
Tyler only appeared in one game in 2009, rushing five times for 72 yards and a touchdown in the season opening victory over San Jose State, before spraining his toe and being sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Coming out of Oaks Christian High School, he was rated as Scout's No.2 running back in the 2007 recruiting class, but has been slowed by injuries since arriving at USC, including a toe injury that limited him during spring practice.
"This is probably the best that I have felt," he said. "I felt horrible in the spring time. The first time that (Lane) Kiffin saw me was in the spring, and I couldn't workout the whole spring workouts so I was like 233 pounds. I was real heavy, but now I am like 223, and feel real good going into fall camp.
Tyler is now healthy for the first time in a long time and motivated to prove to new running back coach Kennedy Pola that he has the talent to contribute this coming season.
"With a new athletic director coming in and a new running back coach, I just feel that everything is happening for a reason, and those things are going to make me into a better player," he said. "Those guys that haven't played much and have been injured, we have a new running back coach and a new head coach. It's just fresh around here.
"The main thing for me is just staying healthy. It will be good to come in feeling healthy and making a good impression on the coaches."
Marc Tyler hopes to stay healthy in 2010. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)
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