Marc Tyler returned from suspension to rush for 113 yards on 24 carries, including a touchdown, for the USC Trojans in their win on Saturday against the , in the first ever Pac-12 Conference college football game. However, that wasn't enough to make the senior the starter atop the depth chart for the Trojans when they host the Syrcause Orange on Saturday, September 17 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Tyler is listed as one of four possible starters at tailback, along with freshman D.J. Morgan, Dillon Baxter, and Curtis McNeal. Morgan has started both games so far this season, running for 97 yards on 26 carries. Morgan carried the ball eight times against Utah, five more carries than Baxter and Lee combined.
As a junior in 2010, Tyler started eight games and led USC with 913 rushing yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.
Senior offensive lineman Martin Coleman started at left guard against Utah, the only change from the opening game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, when junior Jeremy Galten started. Coleman injured his shoulder early against the Utes and briefly came out of the game. Galten is listed as the starter at left guard for the Trojans against Syracuse, with Coleman or junior Abe Markowitz as the backup.
Saturday's 5 p.m. PDT game will be televised by FX, with, , and Tim Brewster on the call. For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.