USC starting C Max Tuerk out for season with knee injury

You know the saying “When it rains, it pours”? Well, it is like a freaking hurricane in Pasadena right now.

After head coach Steve Sarkisian was put on a mandatory leave of absence on Sunday afternoon, the USC Trojans announced that they had lost a key piece of their offensive line. According to Fox Sports’s Bruce Feldman, Max Tuerk will miss the rest of the year with multiple torn ligaments in his knee.

More awful news for #USC: standout center Max Tuerk is out for season w torn knee ligaments.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 12, 2015

Tuerk left Thursday night’s loss to the Washington Huskies with an apparent knee injury and it was as bad as it seems. The Trojans will likely go with redshirt sophomore Khaliel Rodgers at the center position for now.

Rodgers started three games late in 2014 at offensive guard, so he at least has the experience necessary. The Trojans will certainly miss the explosiveness of the four-year starter along the offensive line, however.

The Trojans next play on the road when they take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, October 17.

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