Tuerk, a 3-year starter who is USC’s most versatile offensive lineman (he has started at every position on the line), returns as USC’s starting center and is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy and All-American honors. Tuerk started all 13 games at center as a junior in 2014. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team as well as the ESPN.com All-Pac-12 first team, Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He wonUSC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. After a standout rookie campaign in 2012, the versatile Tuerk started 13 games at left offensive guard and once (at Oregon State) at right tackle as a sophomore in 2013. He is versatile enough to play any offensive line spot. He made 2013 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team. He even returned a short kickoff 1 yard against Fresno State.