One of the biggest questions leading into USC spring practice, which begins today, was the specific positioning of junior offensive lineman Max Tuerk. As the Trojan’s most versatile lineman, his position on the line could very well affect the way the entire line shapes up.
Quarterback Cody Kessler gave us a clue today when he told WeAreSC.com where Tuerk will be starting for now.
— WeAreSC.com (@wearescstaff) March 11, 2014
Tuerk’s 20 career starts are the most among returning offensive linemen, so it makes sense that he would be penciled in at the position where experience is most valuable. At the same time, his versatility means he can slot in at just about every position on the line so there is every chance he will be shifted around as needed.
As a freshman he started at left tackle and as a sophomore in 2013 he played left guard with a short stint at right tackle to fill in for the injured Kevin Graf. Something to note, Tuerk began spring practice at center in 2013 as well before Marcus Martin took over the role. When Martin sat out practice during fall camp, it was Tuerk who stood in for him.
USC’s other options at center include two very young players in redshirt freshman Khaliel Rodgers and early enrollee Toa Lobendahn. Both are expected to compete for the starting job.
The recent retirement of redshirt junior Cyrus Hobbi left the Trojans particularly thin.