USC Trojans: Marc Tyler

Multiple top 10 recruits no guarantee 

June, 21, 2013
As Michigan looks to add to a No. 1 recruiting class Insider that already includes No. 2 Jabrill Peppers, we look back at other schools that landed multiple top 10 recruits fared in those players' tenures. While Alabama hit a home run in 2009 -- landing future first-round picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson -- others have seen mixed results.

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Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesJoe McKnight never quite reached the lofty expectations placed on him as the No. 1 recruit in USC's stacked 2006 class.

USC Trojans
Vidal Hazelton (No. 3 recruit) Taylor Mays (8), Antwine Perez (10)
The trio signed with a USC program that was coming off back-to-back BCS title game appearances, but their reality ended up being a pair of transfers and a final game for Mays in the Emerald Bowl. Perez played sparingly as a true freshman and then transferred to Maryland. Hazelton was the leading receiver for the Trojans in his sophomore year with 50 catches but transferred to Cincinnati after his junior year. Mays stayed all four years and earned All-American status before being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the 49ers. -- Garry Paskwietz

USC spring wrap

May, 14, 2012
2011 overall record: 10-2
2011 conference record: 7-2 (1st, South)
Returning starters: Offense: 9; defense: 8; kicker/punter: 2

Top returners
QB Matt Barkley, S T.J. McDonald, OL Khaled Holmes, WR Robert Woods, WR Marqise Lee, RB Curtis McNeal, DL Devon Kennard, DL Wes Horton, CB Nickell Robey, LB Dion Bailey, LB Hayes Pullard, K Andre Heidari

Key losses
OL Matt Kalil, DL Nick Perry, FB Rhett Ellison, DL DaJohn Harris, DL Christian Tupou, LB Chris Galippo, RB Marc Tyler, WR Brandon Carswell, LS Chris Pousson

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Curtis McNeal* (1,005 yards)
Passing: Matt Barkley* (3,528 yards)
Receiving: Robert Woods* (1,292 yards)
Tackles: Dion Bailey*, Hayes Pullard* (81)
Sacks: Nick Perry (9.5)
Interceptions: T.J. McDonald* (3)

Spring answers

1. Marqise Lee is ready for prime time: It’s no secret that Lee is a talented player who put together a terrific freshman season, but he took that performance to an even higher level this spring when he was the best player on the field for the Trojans. We’re seeing a rare athlete in Lee, one whose acrobatic style is being compared to Lynn Swann.

2. The USC defense is worthy of mention: There is so much attention paid to Matt Barkley and his offensive weapons -- and deservedly so -- but this spring was a reminder that the Trojans defense is going to be pretty good too. The back seven will be a strength, as the starters return intact plus there is a nice supply of talented depth.

3. The future of the USC quarterback spot is in good hands: Spring was an extended audition for Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, as Barkley was limited in his reps. Both players had their moments as they look to settle into the No. 2 role and the inside track to be Barkley’s heir apparent. The Trojans also got a verbal commitment from Max Browne (No. 2 rated pocket passer in ESPN 150), who will enroll next spring.

Fall questions

1. Interior of the D-line: One of the keys of spring was replacing two senior starters from the middle of the line. George Uko stepped in at defensive tackle and had flashes of real solid play. After Uko, however, things are not so clear. There is no established backup for him and no set starter at nose tackle, as J.R. Tavai and Antwaun Woods continue to battle for the job.

2. Lack of depth at tailback: The Trojans have a returning 1,000-yard rusher in Curtis McNeal but not a lot of experience behind him. D.J. Morgan had 42 carries in 2011, Buck Allen redshirted last season and Nelson Agholor has yet to join the team. That’s the extent of the playing time for the 2012 USC reserve tailbacks.

3. Protecting the blind side: There wasn’t a ton of worry last year about left tackle with Matt Kalil but replacing him has not been easy. Kevin Graf got the first look, but then the coaches moved Aundrey Walker into the spot. Lane Kiffin said Walker was not consistent but he showed enough with the potential of the size benefits he brings that he will stay as the starter heading into fall camp.

USC free agent signings

April, 29, 2012
VThe 2012 NFL draft is complete and several undrafted USC players have signed free agent contracts:

RB Marc Tyler (Green Bay Packers)

WR Brandon Carswell (Oakland Raiders)

DT Christian Tupou (San Diego Chargers)

LS Chris Pousson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

DT DaJohn Harris (Tennessee Titans)

LB Chris Galippo (Indianapolis Colts)

Recap of Trojans in NFL draft

April, 28, 2012
After seeing Matt Kalil and Nick Perry go off the board quickly in the first round of the NFL draft, USC fans waited until fullback Rhett Ellison was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round (No. 128 overall) to see another former Trojans player selected.

That was it for former USC players in this draft and, although several players have and will be signing free agent contracts, the total of three overall picks reflects the fewest number of USC players selected in a draft since 2002.

Whether that reality is a comment on recruiting, a coaching transition or a program under sanctions, the fact is that there were nine players who were eligible to be drafted this year that came to USC ranked as one of the top five players at their position. Only one, Kalil, was selected in the draft.

That mark should certainly change next year when Trojans are likely to dominate the draft boards, particularly with seniors such as Matt Barkley, T.J. McDonald and Khaled Holmes.

The good news is that USC continues to lead the nation when it comes to total number of draftees (476) and first round selections (77).

Kalil became the 22nd offensive lineman to be drafted in the first round from USC since 1968, an average of one every other year. He is the third member of his family to be selected in the draft -- father Frank by the Bills and brother Ryan by the Panthers -- while he is also the third USC offensive tackle to be a first-round choice of the Vikings (Ron Yary, 1968 and Steve Riley, 1974).

Ellison certainly has some NFL connections of his own as his father, Riki, was a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49’ers and won two Super Bowls during his playing career.

Kalil and Ellison were one of three sets of college teammates who were chosen by the Vikings in the draft (Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton from Notre Dame and Jarius Wright and Greg Childs from Arkansas).

Perry will have some USC familiarity when he heads to Green Bay as he will be lined up opposite Clay Matthews, who was a senior in 2008 when Perry redshirted for the Trojans.

Perry was known as a defensive end in high school and college, but the Packers are planning to use him as an outside linebacker to apply some much needed pass rush help for the defense.

There were also several early free agent signings for USC players on Saturday:

RB Marc Tyler -- Green Bay Packers

WR Brandon Carswell -- Oakland Raiders

LB Chris Galippo -- Indianapolis Colts

Mixed combine results for USC RBs 

February, 26, 2012
A pair of Trojans, Marc Tyler and Rhett Ellison, took part in the running back drills on Sunday at the NFL combine with markedly different results.

Ellison (6-foot-5, 251 pounds) didn't wow anybody with his testing results, which included a 4.88 in the 40-yard dash and a 31.5 inch vertical jump, but those aren't areas where Ellison is going to impress the NFL scouts. Those numbers were solid enough, however, to allow the scouts to appreciate what he does bring to the table, which is a solid and reliable football player who can contribute at fullback and tight end.

Ellison showed himself well going through drills as a fullback, a position which he moved to as a senior in 2011, and he looked fairly smooth and natural at the spot. There is also plenty of tape of him at tight end for scouts to watch which, combined with his performance on Sunday, should only help solidify Ellison as a player who will definitely get selected in the draft.

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Exit Interview: Marc Tyler

February, 20, 2012
Marc TylerJason O. Watson/US PresswireInjuries and off-the-field issues made Marc Tyler's USC career a frenetic one, but the running back leaves the school with a degree and a sense of perspective he hopes to carry over into an NFL career.

One of the more intriguing USC prospects at the upcoming NFL combine will be tailback Marc Tyler. At this point a year ago, Tyler was the projected senior starter who was expected to power the Trojans run game. A big back with the ability to run between the tackles, Tyler was looking forward to a banner year.

However, an early-season suspension due to alcohol-related issue and a mid-season shoulder injury changed those plans, and Tyler was limited to a secondary role in 2011. He did have a pair of 100-yard rushing games -- with a season-high of 149 yards on 22 carries against Arizona State -- and finished 2011 with 568 yards rushing on 122 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns.

Tyler totaled 1,751 yards on 334 carries with 15 touchdowns in his USC career. He led the Trojans in rushing in 2010 with 913 yards and had a single-game career high that season against Arizona with 160 yards on 31 carries.

WeAreSC caught up with Tyler as he prepares for the NFL combine, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis, Indiana.

WeAreSC: Talk about your combine training.

Tyler: I’ve been up here in Westlake at Proactive. Rhett (Ellison) and Marshall (Jones) are also up here. There are a couple guys from UCLA, Derrick Coleman and Sean Westgate. Loni (Fangupo) has been here too. All the NFL guys have been coming in now, guys like Clay Matthews.

It’s really been a lot of explosive training, combine stuff. We get on the field and run, do 10s and 20s, and then we lift. It’s just basically focusing on those areas. I’m in real good shape right now, they have us on a food plan and I’ve lost like nine pounds since the Shrine game. I’m down to 221 pounds.

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The USC Trojans were a young team in 2011, but several upperclassmen made their marks on a 10-2 season and will now have an opportunity to do it again at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Seven draft-eligible former Trojans will take part in the event, which begins Feb. 22 in Indianapolis.

The players are offensive tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry, tailback Marc Tyler, tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, linebacker Chris Galippo and defensive tackles DaJohn Harris and Christian Tupou.

The events each player will participate in at the combine is yet to be determined, as some may wait to take part in events -- such as the 40-yard dash or three-cone drill -- at USC's Pro Day, which is scheduled for March 7.

USC seniors to watch in all-star games 

January, 20, 2012
USC DefenseJayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireUSC defensive tackle DaJohn Harris has turned heads this week at East-West Shrine Bowl practices, moving himself up into second-round consideration in April's NFL draft.

Four USC seniors will wear the Cardinal and Gold on their helmets one last time on Saturday in their last attempt to showcase their skills on the field before April’s NFL draft.

East-West Shrine Game -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Orlando, Fla.

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Final Thoughts: USC-Oregon 

November, 20, 2011
That was the win that USC had been waiting for. It's impossible to simulate the emotion of a signature win. It can only be felt by getting a big win, which is exactly what the Trojans got on Saturday.

The Oregon Ducks have been the top team in the conference for the past two seasons and seemed to be playing their best football of this season recently. The game was at Autzen Stadium -- a venue that is as loud as any in the country and one which has not been kind to the Trojans.

This USC team went into the game feeling good about themselves too. It was also playing its best football of the season, but after a couple seasons of rough sledding there was still doubt as to how far back the program had come. In order to truly prove that the transformation was complete, the Trojans needed to come away with a win in this game, under these circumstances. And that’s exactly what they did.

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Storylines from Wednesday practice 

November, 9, 2011
" Lane Kiffin offered some positive news on the injury front after Wednesday’s practice, as only DaJohn Harris was held out. “We anticipate everyone could be playing this weekend,” Kiffin said. Even Torin Harris, who has been out for much of the season with a shoulder injury, was able to take part in a limited role on Wednesday. Kiffin said there is the potential of Torin Harris playing in the game.

" Kiffin said he hopes Marc Tyler will be available on Saturday, but added that Curtis McNeal will “most likely start.”

" Nickell Robey has been bouncing around all week with plenty of energy and Kiffin said that it’s how the sophomore cornerback has been since Kiffin first met him. But Kiffin also added that there may be an extra bounce in his step because this weekend would have been Robey’s mother’s birthday. Robey’s family, including his younger sister, will be making the trip to Los Angeles for the game. Robey had a terrific one-handed interception on a deep ball during scout team work.

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Storylines from Tuesday practice 

November, 8, 2011
Chris Galippo had the hit of the day when he filled a gap on the final play of a 9 on 7 drill. The play brought Galippo a "shoulder bump" congratulations as he headed to the next drill from both Joe Barry and Pat Haden.

Ross Cumming had a real nice one-handed grab over the middle.

Marcus Martin showed off his dancing moves in the huddle as the music was playing over the loudspeaker.

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Storylines from Tuesday practice 

November, 1, 2011
One of the big issues for the Trojans this week will be monitoring the injuries after such a physical game Saturday. At Tuesday's practice there were several players out, including Torin Harris, Dion Bailey, George Farmer and Marc Tyler. Bailey and Tyler have not been cleared to return to action. Among those who were limited were Wes Horton, Jawanza Starling and Rhett Ellison. Matt Kalil also left practice late in the day -- no word on his injury.

Antwaun Woods recovered a fumble at the bottom of a pile that can best be described as a “scrum.” There had to be a dozen bodies jumping on the pile, trying to make the recovery, but it was Woods who came away with the play.

Aundrey Walker absolutely buried Tony Burnett on a block in the outside flat.

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Storylines from Wednesday practice 

October, 19, 2011
* For the second straight day, Lane Kiffin announced that virtually all of the Trojans injured players practiced. Only Torin Harris was held out completely. Tailback Marc Tyler and wide receiver Marqise Lee practiced and Kiffin called Tyler a game-time decision. "We'll look at that Saturday morning," Kiffin said in terms of Tyler's availability.

* With Harris not practicing and Anthony Brown out for the season, the cornerback position is thinning quickly. Kiffin said Wednesday that walk-on James Harbin would be called upon as an emergency cornerback, adding that the plan is to continue with T.J. Bryant's redshirt year, and that Harbin would be ahead of Bryant in the rotation anyway.

* Kiffin said he won't play up the rivalry angle as the Notre Dame game approaches. "With the young guys, the last thing we want to do it build it up to where they can't handle it," he said. "There will already be enough hype that I can't control."

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