Former USC center Marcus Martin praised in NFL debut

Former USC center Marcus Martin praised in NFL debut
Ex-Trojan Marcus Martin saw his first preseason action as an NFL rookie with San Francisco on Sunday. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

After missing the first week of camp with the

San Francisco 49ers

because of an ankle injury, former Trojan Marcus Martin made his


debut in the Niners’ 34-0 loss to Denver on Sunday.

A two-year starter at left guard, Martin transitioned to center his final season at USC before announcing early for the

NFL draft


The third-round pick is now taking second-team reps at the position and is receiving praise from Coach

Jim Harbaugh


“Marcus Martin had a very good game, a very physical game,” Harbaugh


The rookie will most likely serve as a backup to fourth-year player

Daniel Kilgore

. The Niners lost starting center

Jonathan Goodwin

to free agency in the off-season.

“I was just excited to get the opportunity to play that many snaps,” Martin said.

San Francisco, 0-2 in the preseason, will host the

San Diego Chargers

on Sunday.