Sophomore Max Tuerk started every game for the Trojans in 2013 and earned an honorable mention on the CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American team and All-Pac-12 team.
What went right: One of Tuerk’s biggest assets is versatility and he showed that in 2013 by filling in at various positions throughout the season. He started at left guard most often but also took snaps at nearly every position on the line and started the Oregon state game at right tackle in place of Kevin Graf.
He earned honorable mentions for his play and was one of the much needed constants in a season of turmoil for USC.
In particular, his performance against the Beavers helped vault USC into their strongest stretch of the season.
What went wrong: As was a common theme on the Trojan offensive line this season, Tuerk struggled to assert himself and control the line of scrimmage. It’s hard to call out a single player on a unit that was subpar for large chunks of the season but as a part of that unit Tuerk shoulders some of the blame.
Tuerk shares the low point of his season with most of his teammates on the line as well: Notre Dame. Two holding penalties on two straight fourth quarter drives did the Trojans no favors.
What’s next: His versatility means Tuerk could end up at any position on the line if USC really needs him to play there. With the departure of Marcus Martin and Kevin Graf, his most likely landing spots are at center or right tackle.
Final Grade: B+
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