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

NFL

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.