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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Both Walker and Tuerk will play at tackle

By Pedro Moura

LOS ANGELES -- USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin has not yet decided who will be the starting left tackle for Saturday's game against Colorado.

Or he has and he's not telling. Either way, USC's Max Tuerk and Aundrey Walker will split time protecting Matt Barkley's blind side from the Buffaloes after Walker's poor performance against Washington. Who will get out there first is still unknown.

"I think both guys will play," Kiffin said Thursday when asked for a decision on the matter. "We'll go back and look at this film and make a decision on who will start."

There appears to be a good chance that it'll be Tuerk this time. The two competed for a starting spot a month ago and split time for a half before Walker took over again, but Tuerk has continued to put himself in the conversation since.

He even made his tight end debut against the Huskies, temporarily switching to No. 84 to add an extra blocker to the Trojans' front.

Technique is not much of an issue for Tuerk -- he joined the team in the summer out of Santa Margarita High -- but as they often are for true freshmen, weight and bulk are still issues.

The two are about the same height, but Walker is at least 30 pounds heavier.

The last time they rotated, Walker said it helped him focus on each one of his reps while he's in the game. A two-man platoon could conceivably be a long-term option until one of the two players truly pulls away.