On the field, Marc Tyler didn’t have a memorable senior season. He never became the feature back in USC’s offense.
His fame and recognition instead came away from the gridiron, when he was seen during a drunken rant, videotaped and broadcasted to the masses by TMZ.
For his actions, Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin suspended Tyler for the first game of the season.
The running back's season spiraled downward from there. He dislocated his shoulder in a game against Cal, which kept him out of action for two weeks. He finished his disappointing senior year having gained only 568 yards and four touchdowns all season long.
However, Tyler put on an impressive performance in the East-West Shrine Game, and ran through the defense with the kind of great physicality that was missing during his senior season. Scouts love the way Tyler challenged defenders in the open field to take him down.
SidelineScouting.com highlighted his strengths and weaknesses:
Big running back with deceptive speed... Was the top running back recruit in the country coming out of high school so you know he has tools... Has a strong build with a big upper body, sheds arm tacklers fairly easy... Will lower his shoulder when approaching contact... Good feet within the hole, chips his feet well and has some wiggle to him to shake the defender.
Former top recruit who completely underwhelmed while at USC, never had a 1,000 yard season and struggled to hold the starting tailback job throughout his career... Lost weight prior to the combine and ran very poorly, reminiscent of John Clay from the 2011 draft who lost weight in hopes of increasing his speed but ran poorly and saw his stock plummet.
Tyler doesn’t have great breakaway speed to separate himself from the secondary on a long touchdown run, but with the right offensive line in front of him, he could be a standout running back.
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