Trojans running back Marc Tyler was so down during his suspension for controversial comments he made to TMZ and the subsequent loss of connection to his team that he considered walking away.
Talking with Steve Mason and John Ireland on 710 ESPN on Monday, Tyler credited his USC coaches and athletic director Pat Haden with helping him through his difficult time.
“It was hard. It just felt like you were down and nobody was on your side,” Tyler said. “At times, I just wanted to just quit and leave. I texted Coach [Lane] Kiffin that and I texted [offensive coordinator and running backs] Coach [Kennedy] Pola that I just wanted to leave and they told me to just stick in there and if I ran away from it, it would just be worse and I had to face this.
“With their help and with the help of Mr. Haden things got better, and I talked to the team and that obviously that felt good. I just had a lot of help around here.”
Tyler, who rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 23-14 victory over Utah last Saturday in his first game back after serving a one-game suspension, also talked about how he handled the significant increase in his workload despite limited work in practice.
“I think in the second quarter, I got kind of tired, but as the game went, it just started flowing," he said. "But it was kind of crazy because I didn’t do fall [camp] … and I didn’t really get a lot of reps in practice, but I guess when they were in fall camp I did a lot of one-on-one workouts, so that helped a lot.”
The entire interview is available here.