Marc Tyler and his big, big surprise?

Marc Tyler came to USC as one of the most decorated tailback recruits three years ago but hasn’t seen much of the field during his time at the school. He has combined for just 41 carries and 270 yards the past two seasons after redshirting his freshman year. If he can continue playing as well as he has during fall camp Lane Kiffin believes Tyler will not only get more touches but may be in store for a breakout season.

“Marc is probably [the surprise of camp], not from a standpoint that we didn’t have high hopes for him but from a production level prior to camp,” he said. “He’s really done a great job on a bunch of different things for us. As a big back the perception is he can’t come out of the backfield and catch the ball but he does that really well.”

Tyler wasn’t ready to get too excited about the complements from Kiffin after realizing the past three years that playing well in practices doesn’t always transfer into carries on game days.

“I'm just trying to keep getting better every day so I can be in the situation when the first game comes that I can get some carries,” he said. “Right now, I really don't know where I am. I'm just trying to work my way up and stay healthy. I gotta be at the first game to play. Last year I had no games.”