MEET: WR MARQISE LEE
April 14, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CAREER: He owns or shares 22 USC records (5 are Pac-12 records and 1 is an NCAA mark). He has 191 catches for 2,864 yards (15.0 avg.) with 25 TDs in his career, along with 40 kickoff returns for 1,141 yards (28.5 avg.) with 2 TDs, 18 carries for 139 yards (7.7 avg.) and 3 tackles. He is sixth on USC's career pass catching list (191 receptions, 22nd on Pac-12 list) and eighth on USC's career kickoff return list (1,141 yards). His 2,864 career receiving yards are USC records for most in freshman and sophomore seasons and over 2 consecutive seasons, and are seventh most in USC history (20th on the Pac-12 list). His 25 career TD catches is fourth most at USC (tied for 14th on the Pac-12 career list). He has 12 career 100-yard receiving games (with a school-record tying twice with 200 yards). He has a school-record 8 career games with double digit receptions and 6 career contests with multiple TDs. He has had at least 8 receptions in 14 games in his career, including 9 in a row at one point (last 4 of 2011, first 5 of 2012). He has had 20 receiving TDs in the past 17 games, with at least 1 in 12 of those contests. His pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2011 and 2012) equals a school record. He has 2 career scoring kickoff returns. He has 4,144 career all-purpose yards on 249 plays (16.6 avg.) with 27 TDs. He has 21 career starts.
2013: The exciting Lee, who also competes on USC's track team, returns for his third season as a record-setting starting wide receiver and kickoff returner as a junior in 2013. The 2012 unanimous All-American and reigning Biletnikoff Award winner and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is a leading candidate for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
2012: Lee started for his second season at wide receiver as a sophomore in 2012 and again returned kicks. Overall in 2012 while starting all 13 games, he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards (14.6 avg.) with 14 TDs, returned 30 kickoffs for 856 yards (28.5 avg.) with 1 TD, had 13 carries for 106 yards (8.2 avg.) and made 2 tackles.
He was second nationally in receptions (9.1, first in Pac-12) and receiving yards (132.4), third in all-purpose yards (206.4, first in Pac-12) and eighth in kickoff returns (28.5, first in Pac-12). He set or tied 16 USC individual records in 2012 (5 are Pac-12 marks) and 4 other school combination records that he set with Robert Woods. His 118 receptions and 1,721 receiving yards were Pac-12 season records. His 118 receptions in 2012 were most in the nation, his 1,721 receiving yards were second most in the nation, his 14 TD catches were tied for third most and his 2,683 all-purpose yards were third most. He averaged 16.7 yards every time he touched the ball in 2012. The average length of his 15 TDs in 2012 was 40.8 yards. He had 16 plays of 40-plus yards in 2012 (including 11 of 50-plus yards and 7 of 70-plus yards). More than half of his 2012 receptions (63 of 118, 53.4%) were for first downs. His 38.2% of USC's team all-purpose yardage in 2012 was more than any Heisman-winning wide receiver had (Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers had 30.4% in 1972, Notre Dame's Tim Brown had 35.0% in 1987, Michigan's Desmond Howard had 30.7% in 1991 and Michigan's Charles Woodson had 10.5% in 1997), as well as more than the last non-quarterback Heisman winner (Alabama's Mark Ingram had 27.1% in 2009). He had 8 100-yard receiving games in 2012. He had a 3-game stretch in 2012 (Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State) with 663 receiving yards that is the most prolific in USC history (he had other 3-game stretches with 608 and 605 receiving yards). He had a school-record 7 games with double digit receptions in 2012.
He won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award, USC's first-ever winner, and the Paul Warfield Award. He was a 2012 unanimous 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. He was the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver of the Year and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American Offensive Player of the Year. He was the 2012 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, was the only unanimous pick on the All-Pac-12 first team and also made the All-Pac-12 second team as a return specialist. He finished fourth in the voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy. He was one of 4 finalists for the 2012 Hornung Award, 5 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. He also was the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and made the ESPN.com, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first teams. He made the 2012 Sporting News and Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-American first teams. He was voted by his teammates as USC's MVP and he also was named the Offensive Perimeter Player of the Year and won the John McKay Award (competitive spirit).
He had 297 all-purpose yards against Hawaii, including 197 on 10 receptions (with 8 for 176 yards in the first half), as he turned a hitch route into a career-long 75-yard TD on the game's first play and then he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score on USC's first possession of the second half to become just the second Trojan with a 100-yard scoring kickoff return (joining Anthony Davis, who did so twice in 1974), earning Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, College Football Performance Awards National All-Purpose Performer of the Week, College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll. He had 11 catches for 66 yards with a school record-tying 3 TDs at Syracuse (joining with Robert Woods, who had 10 catches, to become for the second time the only USC duo with at least 10 catches in a game), and he also had a 23-yard reverse run and returned 3 kickoffs for 40 yards. He had 8 catches for 100 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 59 yards at Stanford, then caught 11 passes for 94 yards with 2 TDs (11 and 3 yards) and returned 2 kickoffs for 41 yards against California. He had a game-best 12 receptions for 192 yards, with a career-long 83-yard TD, and added an 11-yard rush at Utah to earn College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week, then added 2 receptions for 32 yards and returned a kickoff 24 yards at Washington. He caught 6 passes for 103 yards (including a 55-yard TD on the game's second play), had a 9-yard run and returned 2 kickoffs for 39 yards against Colorado. At Arizona, he had a Pac-12 record 345 receiving yards (fifth most in NCAA history) on 16 catches (1 shy of the USC record and third most in Pac-12 history) with 2 TDs (49 and 44 yards), including 12 grabs for 255 yards in the first half, and he had 469 all-purpose yards (second most recognized in NCAA history) as he added 123 yards on 3 kickoff returns (including a 72-yarder) and a 1-yard rush (plus he caught a 2-point conversion pass) to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week and Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll (6 of his catches were for at least 28 yards: 57, 50, 49, 44, 32 and 28 yards); he joined with Woods (9 catches for 93 yards) to set a USC record for most receiving yards in a game by 2 players (438) and tying a USC record for most receptions in a game by 2 players (25). He had 408 all-purpose yards (the 16th most in NCAA history) against Oregon, including a Pac-12 record 251 yards on a school-record 8 kickoff returns (with an 82-yarder) and 157 yards with 2 TDs (with a 75-yarder) on 12 receptions to earn College Football Performance Awards National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll, while Woods had 6 catches for 71 yards with a TD. He had 227 all-purpose yards--161 on 10 catches (with an 80-yard TD) and 66 on 6 rushes mainly out of the Wildcat formation (including a career-long 38 yard end-around in which he reversed his field) against Arizona State--plus he played safety on defense for a play (causing an ASU delay of game penalty), but he did not return a kickoff because the Sun Devils pooched their kickoffs. At UCLA, he had 9 catches for 158 yards (both game highs) with a 14-yard TD, a 27-yard kickoff return and a rush for minus 3 yards as he set the Pac-12 season receiving yardage record. Against Notre Dame, he had 5 catches for 75 yards as he set the Pac-12 season receptions record, 4 kickoff returns for 98 yards, 2 tackles and a run for minus 1 yard. Against Georgia Tech, he had 6 catches for 41 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 54 yards and a rush for no yards.
2011: Lee emerged as a starting wide receiver as a freshman in 2011, his first year at USC, and had an all-star season. Overall in 2011 while starting 8 games (all but Syracuse, Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon) and appearing in all 12 games, he had 73 catches for 1,143 yards (15.7 avg.) with 11 TDs, plus he had 5 carries for 33 yards (6.6 avg.) and 10 kickoff returns for 285 yards (28.5 avg.) with 1 TD. He also made a tackle. He was 15th nationally in receiving yards (95.3, fifth in Pac-12). His 11 TD catches were the most nationally by a freshman in 2011. Ten of his 11 TD catches in 2011 were at least 24 yards. His 73 receptions in 2011 were seventh on the USC season pass catching list (the second most by a Trojan freshman, behind Mike Williams' 81 in 2002). He had 4 100-yard receiving games in 2011. He and teammate Robert Woods each had at least 1,000 receiving yards in 2011, the fourth time that a pair of Trojans did that. Lee's and Woods' combined receptions (184) and receiving yards (2,435) in 2011 were the most by a pair of Trojans in a season. He made the 2011 Football Writers, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, FoxSportsNext.com, YahooSports.com and Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team. He was named the 2011 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year and also made the All-Pac-12 second team. He was the 2011 CollegeFootballNews.com Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and CBSSports.com Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year. He made 2011 SI.com All-American honorable mention. He made the 2011 Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team.
He had 5 catches for 32 yards against Minnesota, then had 2 catches for 34 yards and an 8-yard run off a reverse against Utah and 2 receptions for 63 yards (with a 43-yard TD) against Syracuse. He had 4 catches for 50 yards (with a 24-yard TD) and had an 8-yard run on a reverse at Arizona State, then against Arizona had 8 catches for 144 yards (both career highs) with a 38-yard TD (Woods' and Lee's 399 combined receiving yardage was the most in a game by a USC duo ever) and he also had a 26-yard kickoff return. He had 4 catches for 81 yards (including a 39-yard TD) before hurting his shoulder at California. He then had 2 catches for 36 yards at Notre Dame, 7 receptions for 94 yards with a 28-yard TD against Stanford and 9 catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs (33 and 25 yards) at Colorado, where he also had 2 runs for 13 yards and a 14-yard kickoff return. He had 9 receptions for 74 yards, with a 9-yard TD, and an 88-yard TD kickoff return against Washington to earn College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He had 325 all-purpose yards at Oregon (8 catches for a career-high 187 yards, both game bests, with a 59-yard TD to open USC's scoring, plus 6 kickoff returns for 134 yards and a 4-yard run) to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week and Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. Against UCLA, he caught 13 catches for 224 yards (both game- and career-highs)--the catches tied the USC freshman game record and the yardage tied for sixth most in USC history--with 2 TDs (42 and 52 yards) to earn USC's Player of the Game versus UCLA Award as he and Woods became the first Trojan pair with at least 10 receptions in the same game and he also had a 23-yard kickoff return.
TRACK: He is a long jumper and sprinter on USC's track team. In 2013, he placed third in the long jump at the USC-UCLA dual meet with a season-best 24-3 ¾ mark, he was 12th in the event at the Pac-12 Championships (23-1 ¼) and then was 25th at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds (24-1). In 2012, he was seventh at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds long jump with a personal best of 25-5 ½ to qualify for the NCAA Championship, where he placed 17th with a 24-2 ¼ leap. He was fourth at the Pac-12 Championships in the long jump with a then-personal-best of 25-1 ¼ and ran the leadoff leg on USC's sprint relay squad that was sixth at the Pac-12 meet. He also won the long jump at the Trojan Invitational (23-11 ½) and was second at the Rossi Relays (24-4 ¼). He joined with fellow footballers D.J. Morgan, Nickell Robey and Tony Burnett on a sprint relay quartet that ran 41.05 for third place at the 2012 Rossi Relays. HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, UnderArmour All-American, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, ESPNU 150, Rivals 100, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive MVP, SectionSports.com All-Southern Section second team, Los Angeles Times All-Star, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League Defensive MVP as a senior wide receiver and defensive back at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 57 receptions for 1,409 yards (24.7 avg.) with 24 TDs on offense in 2010 and 45 tackles, 3 interceptions and 11 deflections on defense. Serra went 14-1 in 2010, won the CIF Western Division title and played in the California state Division II championship game.
As a junior in 2009, he made South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team while getting 89 tackles (with a sack), 6 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Serra went 15-0 in 2009 and won the CIF Northwest Division title and the California state Division III championship. Current Trojan George Farmer also prepped at Serra. He also played basketball at Serra (he made the 2010 South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team) and was a sprinter and jumper on the track team (with a 2011 national prep No. 3 best 24-8 long jump, plus career bests of 44-7 in the triple jump, 6-4 in the high jump, 10.74 in the 100 meters and 22.11 in the 200 meters; he won the long jump and was second in the 100 at the 2011 CIF Division IV Meet, was third in the long and high jumps and fourth in the triple jump in the 2010 CIF Division IV Meet, was second in the long jump at the 2011 CIF Masters Meet and was second in the long jump at the 2011 California state meet). He was the 2010-11 Cal-Hi Sports Boys State Athlete of the Year and Cal-Hi Sports Boys Division IV Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. Because his parents were deaf, he became proficient in sign language.