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Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 285

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USC senior C Max Tuerk "the athleticism to get to just about any block and he plays with well-rounded technique," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Zierlein was not initially impressed with Tuerk's work last year, but saw big improvements by the end of the year. "The first game I watched for Tuerk was against Stanford and their fire-plug nose tackle David Parry, and Tuerk was good but had to hang on for dear life at times," Zierlein wrote. "By the end of the season, Tuerk played with a great understanding of leverage and body control. There is no question that Tuerk has to add more weight and muscle on his frame, but he is as smooth as any interior lineman in the nation at securing his down-block and climbing to the next level. Big talent, but he needs to keep adding mass to that frame." The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk is versatile enough to play any position on the offensive line, a fact which will greatly aid his draft stock. Jul 1 - 12:47 PM
Source: NFL.com

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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes USC senior C Max Tuerk "might end up being valued as much as Cameron Erving was in this year's draft because of his versatility."

Tuerk was recently popped No. 19 overall by the Cleveland Browns. "Tuerk (6-6, 285) has started at nearly every place along the line for the Trojans," Reuter wrote. "He is a bit taller and more slender than most pro pivots, but with more work in the weight room, he might prove most valuable to NFL teams in the spot where he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014." CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA. Heading into the season, Tuerk is a borderline Rd. 1 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 4:43 PM

NFL talent evaluator told ESPN's Kyle Bonagura that USC senior C Max Tuerk would have been the second-best center prospect behind Florida State's Cameron Erving if he had entered the past draft.

"He returns to anchor what is arguably the best offensive line in college football," Bonagura wrote. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk, Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season, has the versatility to conceivably play any position on the offensive line. Like Erving, he is a former left tackle who converted to center.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 8:16 PM

ESPN's Greg Katz notes that USC senior C Max Tuerk "has all the tools to be a high draft selection."

"Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian, who knows talent, says that Tuerk is the best center in the country," Katz wrote. "Tuerk is versatile enough to play guard, perhaps his most natural position. The senior has first-round potential." The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk was Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 8:55 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay slotted USC senior C Max Tuerk to the Seahawks at No. 32 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Tuerk possesses excellent versatility, having started games at left tackle as a true freshman before starting the full season at left guard in 2013 and the full season at center in 2014," he wrote. Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Tuerk going in Round 1 in his own exercise. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk was Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season. Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA.
May 15 - 10:39 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk "showed rare athleticism in his switch to center and should prove more consistent in 2015," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Tuerk kicked inside from left tackle, sort of like Cam Erving. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk was Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season. Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 9:02 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes USC senior C Max Tuerk "offers great versatility and athleticism -- traits Chip Kelly requires on his O-line."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk is is going on his fourth year as a starter for USC. The USC prospect was recruited to play tackle, but has started at center the last two years for the Trojans. Tuerk offers great value with his ability to play center, guard and tackle at the next level. Tuerk was ESPN's Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen offensive guard prospects last year.
Source: CBS Sports
May 6 - 4:03 PM

USC junior C Max Tuerk announced that he's coming back to school in 2015.

"Wants to get his degree and 'win a national championship,'" reported Michael Lev of the Orange County Register. This is outstanding news for the Trojans, as Tuerk is one of college football's best interior lineman. NFL Media's Charles Davis suggested on a recent FOX broadcast that Tuerk could slide to right tackle if he returns to school. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk can also play guard.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 03:16:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes USC junior C Max Tuerk is a "versatile player with good size, toughness and strength."

Tuerk, who shifted to center this year to replace third-rounder Marcus Martin, had an impressive showing over the weekend against Notre Dame. "My NFL Media colleague Charles Davis hinted on the FOX broadcast of the game that Tuerk could slide to right tackle if he returns for his senior season," Jeremiah wrote. "He's played all over the line during his career, but that could be his best spot."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 06:16:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that scouts believe USC junior C Max Tuerk "is not strong enough for the NFL and needs another year in college to physically mature."

"Many area scouts like Tuerk’s athleticism and upside but believe he’s not strong enough for the NFL and needs another year in college to physically mature," Pauline writes. In July, the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk was ESPN's Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen offensive guard prospects. Pauline notes that even though Tuerk "is heavily considering the draft," he believes the USC prospect "should head the advice of scouts" before "making a final decision."
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 04:04:00 PM

USC junior C Max Tuerk "is giving serious consideration to entering the draft," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"The Trojans may lose a third underclassman as center/guard Max Tuerk is giving serious consideration to entering the draft," Pauline wrote. In July, ESPN's Mel Kiper named the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk as one of the top ranked underclassmen offensive guard prospects. Tuerk could offer some positional versatility at the next level, as he's capable of handling all five offensive line spots.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 02:15:00 PM

USC junior C Max Tuerk's errant shotgun snaps against Arizona "frequently forced [QB Cody] Kessler to jump to corral them, throwing off the tempo for the entire team," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang listed Tuerk as one of this week's draft fallers. "Tuerk fired off several inaccurate snaps to Kessler, one of which resulted in a fumble (USC recovered)," Rang wrote. "To be fair, it is worth noting that the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk has only made the transition to center this season for the Trojans and the crowd in Tucson was very loud." In July, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Tuerk as the top underclassmen offensive guard prospect. We don't buy into the idea that poor snaps will cost Tuerk in the end. After all, he's capable of handling all five OL spots. As Kiper mentioned, he looks like an NFL guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 09:50:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks USC junior Max Tuerk as the top underclassmen offensive guard prospect.

"Not only does Tuerk go into his junior season with 20 career starts, but he's played almost everywhere at this point," Kiper wrote. "After spending time at the beginning of his career at left guard, he finished his freshman campaign starting at left tackle. Last year, he was back at guard, but also notched a game at right tackle. We're talking about a true junior with tremendous experience and versatility." The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk will draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts trying to decipher which positions best suits him in the pros -- as Kiper suggests, he's capable of handling all five OL spots.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 05:52:00 PM

USC has moved sophomore Max Tuerk from LT to C.

"It was a little overwhelming in the beginning," Tuerk revealed, "but the more repetitions and the coaching I've gotten has really helped a lot. His main competition for the starting job is Marcus Martin, who is also listed as the school's left guard. Aundrey Walker is expected to claim the left tackle spot.
Source: ESPN
Wed, May 22, 2013 01:00:00 PM

USC true freshman Max Tuerk is expected to start at LT for the Trojans Saturday against Arizona.

Aundrey Walker had started on the left side but was carted off the field last weekend with an undisclosed injury. Even prior to that, head coach Lane Kiffin had contemplated to insert Tuerk in the starting lineup on a performance basis.
Source: LA Times
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 01:41:00 PM