USC center Max Tuerk named to Lombardi Award watch list

USC center Max Tuerk was named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award, presented annually to college football's top interior player.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk last week was named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy  (top center) and the Outland Trophy (top lineman).

Tuerk, a senior, moved to center in 2014 after starting at tackle and guard his first two seasons. He was All-Pac-12 Conference last season.

He is the most experienced player on a young offensive line that returns every starter.

USC opens training camp Aug. 8.

The Trojans play Arkansas State on Sept. 5.

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