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USC wide receiver Marqise Lee might play a little defense this week

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer

USC coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday that wide receiver Marqise Lee might play a little defense this Saturday against Arizona State.

It's not clear whether Lee would play cornerback or safety, although the sophomore was considered one of the top safety prospects in the country coming out of high school.

Letting Lee play defense is an interesting concept that could help jumpstart the budding Heisman campaign that was begun on Lee's behalf by USC this week with the release of this video.

That's because if there's one thing Heisman voters love, it's a throwback type of player. The only reason Charles Woodson won the Heisman in 1997 was because he played on both sides of the ball. Gordie Lockbaum finished fifth in the voting in 1986 and third in 1987 while playing running back and defensive back for Holy Cross. Without that appeal of Lockbaum being a two-way player, Heisman voters never would've taken notice.

USC needs some help in the secondary after giving up more than 300 passing yards each of the past two weeks. Lee definitely has the talent to contribute, but it's going to take some meaningful production at the position for this to be seen as anything other than a gimmick designed to give his Heisman campaign some extra buzz.

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