Max Tuerk Closing in as USC's Starting Center

As noted in our practice notes, Max Tuerk has been taking first team reps at center during the Trojans’ first two practices. After practice today, head coach Lane Kiffin told the media that he and offensive line coach Mike Summers’s plan is to start the sophomore in Khaled Holmes’s old spot.

The transition of putting Max in there, we had messed with it for two bowl practices, the first two last December. He’s very intelligent and very smart. He’s tall, he’s 6-foot-5, which is tall for a center. There’s been some good ones before that have been tall. Mike Summers actually had one before that was a first round pick, that was 6-foot-5. It’s good to see the transition in there, but like anything, there’s a transition process…I hope it’s long term, because if it is, it means he’s doing really well. He’s ideal to be in there as far as his intelligence level and his understanding of the game and command of the game. Hopefully it’ll work out.

Tuerk came to USC originally listed as a guard in last spring’s final depth chart, but transitioned to left tackle in the fall, where he became the first true freshman to ever start at left tackle for the Trojans.

The move comes after Marcus Martin had been anticipated to be the Trojans’ top candidate at center, and appears to end talk of Aundrey Walker moving inside to guard, with Tuerk permanently taking over at left tackle.

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