USC loses center Max Tuerk for season with knee injury
Tuerk, a senior, was injured during the first quarter of Thursday’s loss to Washington. Sophomore Toa Lobendahn, who has previously started games at tackle and guard, shifted from guard to center when Tuerk was injured. Sophomore Viane Talamaivao came off the bench and took Lobendahn’s guard spot.
Tuerk started five games at left tackle in 2012, becoming the first true freshman in USC history to start at the position. He then started all 13 games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons at a variety of positions.
Prior to the season, NFL.com ranked Tuerk as the No. 5 draft-eligible interior lineman.
- Dan Gartland