Tuerk, a senior, is set to start at center for the second consecutive season. He is the most experienced player on a line that includes returning starters at every position.
Tuerk, 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, was selected All-Pac-12 Conference in 2014. He played tackle and guard his first two seasons and has made 33 career starts.
Eight players from Pac-12 schools are among the 63 players on the Rimington watchlist.
No USC player has won the award.