The Oaks Christian product was originally told that the injury sustained to his leg would take eight months to heal, possibly longer. Flash forward six months, and Marc Tyler was out there running routes and taking handoffs for the first time in on road from a long recovery.
“Coach Carroll and Coach Sarkisian came out,” he responded. “They watched me and Marshall (Jones) for a little. It felt really good to get back out there.”
Not only did Tyler work out, but he had some interesting things to say about the status of his leg.
“I actually felt a little faster,” said the Army All-American. “I’d say my leg is probably at about 90% right now, the only thing that was a little tight was my hamstring because I haven’t run in a while.”
Recovering two months ahead of schedule does not happen without a lot of hard work and dedication, and Tyler found that out first-hand.
“Its been hard, real hard,” said Tyler. “Sometimes its frustrating, but I’ve been working hard all the time for this, I’ve never had to work this hard before, and I think in the end it will be a good thing for me. I think it will make me better,”
The devastating injury to Tyler made him evaluate his love for the game, and he is glad to be back.
“Definitely,” he responded when asked whether the injury had made him miss the game. “This injury made me realize how much I missed football. Watching all the guys on my team go out there without me at the end of the year was tough. I realized how fortunate they were to be out there, and what I needed to do to get back.”
Tyler is part of a highly acclaimed group of running back the Trojans will bring in next year; including Joe McKnight and Marc Tyler.
“The next couple years are going to be real fun,” he said. “We are definitely going to win a few championships.”