The San Diego Chargers have drafted USC Trojans center Max Tuerk with the 66th overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Tuerk faced a major injury in his final year at USC and was limited with what he could do at the NFL Combine. He joins a Chargers team that had their struggles up front on offense. Tuerk played multiple positions on the line for the Trojans and could potentially play either Center or Guard for the Chargers. Despite his injury Tuerk has added to his size and strength in preparation for the rigors of NFL Competition.
"Tuerk played at multiple positions on the Offensive Line during his career with the Trojans. Tuerk was the first True Freshmen to ever start for USC at Left Tackle and first freshman to start at either Tackle positions since Winston Justice in 2002, which is a huge milestone to say the least. He earned Freshman First Team All-American honors as well as All-Pac-12 honorable Mention as a true Freshman.
As a Sophomore in 2013, Tuerk moved to Guard where he started for 13 games and started one game at Right Tackle. Earning another All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award. In his Junior campaign in 2014, Tuerk moved to Center, further showing his versatility and earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors and USC's Offensive Linemen of the year award.
After being pegged as a candidate for Rimington Trophy (The Nations Best Center) and All-American Honors prior to his Senior season in 2015, Tuerk started 5 games before tearing his ACL against Washington. He was named USC's most inspirational player following the 2015 Season despite only playing in 5 games."
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