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Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 285

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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

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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

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that the Trojans will give freshman Max Tuerk practice reps at LT in place of sophomore Aundrey Walker.

The entire Trojans offensive line has played poorly and part of that is due to the constant rotation of players thanks to injuries. Tuerk was a top high school recruit and Kiffin mentioned a possibility that he would enter the starting lineup following the loss to Stanford. The USC staff has questioned Walker's effort in previous weeks.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 02:58:00 PM

After Saturday's loss to Stanford, USC head coach Lane Kiffin said that freshman Max Tuerk will get a chance to compete for the starting LT job moving forward.

He could claim the job in place of current sophomore starter Aundrey Walker. "We have a standard here, an expectation here that our team is well aware of and Aundrey is well aware of," Kiffin said Sunday. "His effort in that game did not meet those." Matt Barkley was sacked four times, but many of the pressures game on inside blitzes and stunts do to the loss of injured center Khaled Holmes.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 09:44:00 AM