Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 11:45 am
An apparently drunk Marc Tyler, a redshirt senior running back with legitimate NFL hopes, was recorded on video by TMZ reporters outside of a West Hollywood club last week making several controversial claims, including a biggie -- that USC players were paid to play.
The comment came in response to a question by TMZ reporters about whether he'll make more money in the NFL or playing at USC. Tyler's response was "USC, they're breaking bread." It was one of several outrageous claims, including a lewd comment about USC running backs and celebrity Kim Kardashian.
Head coach Lane Kiffin reaction to the controversy came yesterday as he suspended Tyler, last season's leading rusher, from all team-related activities, including the season-opening game September 3rd against Minnesota. There was no timetable provided as to when Tyler's suspension might end.
In a statement released by the school, Tyler apologized.
"I am disappointed that I let down all the people who have supported me as I have been working through some personal issues," Tyler said. "I realize how my behavior and my statements, even though I was joking, can reflect poorly on so many people. As a veteran player, I should know that my job is to be an example for the younger guys."
The apology might be enough to get Tyler back into the USC program. It won't be enough to save Tyler's draft stock with some NFL clubs.
Prior to the TMZ video, Tyler had been involved in two other alcohol-related events in just the past four months. Tyler was brought before USC's Office of Student Judicial Affairs in early July to explain two incidents that occurred in April.
According to Gary Klein of the LA Times, one of the incidents occurred when "he allegedly spit on a female student while intoxicated and another in which he allegedly inappropriately touched another female student at a bar near campus."
Tyler, 5-10 and 230 pounds is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 rated running back for the 2012 draft. Starting eight of 13 games for the Trojans last year, Tyler led the team with career highs in rushing yardage (913), rushing touchdowns (9) and total touchdowns (10).
A bruising back with limited speed, he projects best as a power back working as part of a rotation in the NFL. Some scouts graded Tyler as high as a 5th round prospect heading into the season. With Tyler's senior season in doubt, he may be left little option but to at least explore the supplemental draft.
Want to see the video yourself? The video is linked here.
Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 9:35 pm
Supplemental draft hopeful Vanness Emokpae's Pro Day workout for NFL scouts is available on YouTube.
In the July 6 workout, Emokpae runs through the variety of drills NFL scouts use in grading prospects -- the 5-10-5, three cone drill, vertical jump, etc. He also is put through running back drills and asked to catch a variety of passes.
Emokpae appears to be in good shape with a broad, defined upper body. He shows good overall athleticism, but doesn't demonstrate the rare explosiveness most teams are looking for at the running back position.
Emokpae, 6-1 and 240 pounds, has the bulk to convert to fullback, but would have to learn to play with a level of physicality he didn't show on previous film.
My grade (and Supplemental draft expectation) for Emokpae remains the same after viewing this workout. I believe he has the size and athleticism to consider as an undrafted free agent, but is not a draftworthy commodity. The trick with Emokpae is not determining if he's talented or a hardworker. I'm told he is. The trick is finding a role for him to warrant a roster spot.
See Emokpae's workout for yourself.
Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:37 pm
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Posted on: February 21, 2009 3:31 pm
Despite ranking among the nation's leaders in sacks and tackles for loss, San Jose State defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert is rarely mentioned as a one of the best defensive line prospects.
Considering the explosive leaping ability he shows in the youtube video I've linked to below, he could "jump" up draft boards with an eye-popping performance...
If you haven't seen the video, it is worth viewing. Gilbert said every conversation he'd had with scouts involved at least one question regarding it...