USC’s Marqise Lee stands among the top wide receivers in all of college football. The 6-0/195 junior has earned the respect of opposing teams throughout the Pac-12 Conference with his speed, precision route-running and sure hands. He is on track for another strong season in 2013.
Lee won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award and the Paul Warfield Award. He was also a 2012 All-American first team pick, selected by AP, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers, Walter Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSportsNext.com, Phil Steele and Pro Football Weekly.
In addition, Lee was the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver of the Year and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American Offensive Player of the Year, and took home the 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year award. He finished fourth in the voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
Lee emerged as a starting wide receiver as a freshman in 2011 — his first year at USC. Overall while starting eight games and appearing in all 12 games, he had 73 catches for 1,143 yards (15.7 avg.) with 11 TDs, plus he had five carries for 33 yards (6.6 avg.) and 10 kickoff returns for 285 yards (28.5 avg.) with one TD.
Against Utah State last Saturday, Lee caught six passes for 72 yards. He suffered an ankle injury on a punt return, but Trojan Head Coach Lane Kiffin expects him to play Saturday versus Arizona State.
USC is 19-10 against ASU. The Sun Devils ended the Trojans’ 11-game winning streak in the series with a 43-22 home victory in 2011.