The USC Trojans might have gotten a boost to their average running game. Running back Marc Tyler has recovered from a separated shoulder he sustained against Cal in record time and is heading with the team on their long-fabled trip to South Bend, Indiana. Pedro Moura of ESPN Los Angeles with the story.
Tyler had been USC's starter the last five games after his return from a one-game suspension, but it's unlikely he'll start Saturday against Notre Dame. Junior Curtis McNeal is expected to make his first career start in Tyler's absence.
"It feels good," Tyler said. "I'm going to be ready to play, and if they put me in or need me I'll be ready."
Considering the struggles Matt Barkley has had this season in trying to get an average offense moving down the field, USC will have to welcome Tyler back into the lineup. While Curtis McNeal proved he could be a more than capable runner, having another option like Tyler gives the Trojans more offensive versatility. This should allow Lane Kiffin to open his playbook and make more plays down the field.
Will he be as consistent? It's not clear. Separated shoulders are difficult to recover from (as USC learned last year with Stanley Havili), but the Trojans do have players like McNeal who are ready to step in on a moment's notice.