USC Football: Marc Tyler returns and weighs in on his conditioning
USC tailback Marc Tyler completed a full practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on the first day of spring workouts.
But Tyler, a fifth-year senior, acknowledged that he was too heavy.
“Shoot, that’s the only problem right now,” Tyler said of his weight.
Tyler said he weighed 232 pounds, about 15 more than he did during a breakout 2010 season when he emerged as the Trojans’ starter and rushed for a team-high 913 yards and nine touchdowns.
Tyler had initially blamed inadequate stretching for his injury. But after meeting with running backs coach Kennedy Pola, he said he regretted comments that were called inaccurate by Coach Lane Kiffin.
Tyler said his weight was the result of “the Christmas break, having no bowl game; that was a long break,” which caused him to give in to fast-food urges.
“By the summer and the season I want to be probably about the same [weight] as last year,” he said.
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-- Gary Klein
Photo: USC's Marc Tyler runs into the end zone in front of the Arizona St. defense in the 2nd quarter at the Coliseum November 6, 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times