The 2016 NFL season was akin to a redshirt year for Chargers center Max Tuerk. A third-round pick out of USC, Tuerk spent the year learning the nuances of the position behind veteran Matt Slauson.
At Southern Cal, Tuerk (pronounced Turk) was a three-time All-Pac-12 center and a two-time team captain. Tuerk entered his senior season at USC as an All-America candidate, but his year was cut short by a knee injury in the Trojans’ fifth game of the season against Washington.
The versatile Tuerk finished his Trojans career with 38 starts in three-plus seasons, including 18 at center, 14 at left guard, five at left tackle and one at right tackle. As a junior, he was chosen USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick by Chargers (66th overall), April 29, 2016...signed July 7.
2016: Inactive for all 16 games.
COLLEGE: Consensus first-team All-Pac-12 center as junior in 2014, as well as team’s offensive lineman of year...honorable mention All-America and all-conference as sophomore in 2013 after starting 13 games at left guard and one at right tackle...in 2012 at Arizona, became first-ever USC true freshman to start at left tackle en route to earning Freshman All-America and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors...played at USC from 2012-15...policy, planning and development major.
PERSONAL: All-America, all-state, All-CIF Pac-5, Los Angeles Times Area Lineman of Year, Orange County Register first-team and Trinity League Co-Lineman of Year as senior at Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. ...helped lead team to state title as senior in 2011...all-state, All-CIF Pac-5 all-area, All-Orange County and Trinity League Co-Lineman of Year as junior...first-team all-league as sophomore.