Tuerk ready to play where needed

USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk discusses the progress of the Trojans young offensive line... and where he most likely will be playing when they suit up against Fresno State on August 30.

USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk discusses the first week of fall camp...

USC coach Steve Sarkisian implied at the end of spring practices that the center position on the offensive line would remain under evaluation through the fall.

A week into camp, there's no doubt junior Max Tuerk is Sarkisian's first choice at the position as he almost exclusively takes the first team reps at the position.

However, Sarkisian continues to test out true freshmen Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talmaivao at center, as well.

We've even seen redshirt freshman Nico Falah snap a few balls, too.

"We are just trying to find versatility," Sarkisian said the first week of camp. "Like I said going in, we are trying to find the best five with continuity that are going to give us the best chance to perform at a high level.

"We got a long way to go, but we are just giving guys opportunities, putting stuff on film, a lot of what we are doing – there’s a lot of contingency planning going, you’re always trying to think ahead," continued Sarkisian. "Max Tuerk can roll his ankle the second play of the season and who is going to go play center for us. it’s important to think about a lot of those things right now."

So what does Tuerk think? Will he be the starting center on Aug. 30 against Fresno State?

He remains open to any possibility - since playing both tackle and guard his first two seasons at Troy. But right now, his mind is set on center when the season opens.

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