Competition Still Up in Air

USC Coach Lane Kiffin opened the competition at left tackle this week at practice between Aundrey Walker and Max Tuerk. Kiffin said no decision had been made come Thursday, but that both players responded to the challenge.

Playing football at USC comes with a standard. Great effort is expected and a lack of it certainly will not be tolerated.

USC Coach Lane Kiffin determined after watching Sunday's game film that left tackle Aundrey Walker's performance displayed the latter, causing Kiffin to open the competition this week at practice and allow freshman Max Tuerk to take reps at the position.

"We're looking for finish," Kiffin said, "great effort." Watching the game back, it is clear that Walker not only missed assignments, but quit on the plays as Stanford defenders rushed passed him. "I'm looking forward to working hard and getting better this week," Walker said after practice on Tuesday.

When asked if his effort was subpar on Saturday, Walker smirked and said that game was in the past and he was going to leave it behind him.

Tuerk took reps at left tackle throughout fall camp when Walker was sidelined for a prolonged amount of time with a shoulder injury. Kiffin says the freshman has stepped up to the challenge this week at practice, but that Walker has responded well, too.

"I'm not sure where we are going to go yet," he said following Thursday's practice. "We'll go back and look at this."

Kiffin noted that both players are still young in their college football careers and both potentially could play a number of positions on the offensive line in the future.

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