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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marqise Lee, WR

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 192 lbs.
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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Round 2/39 -- Marqise Lee, WR, 6-0, 192, Southern California...The Jaguars coveted the Biletnikoff Award winner in his sophomore season, when he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards. The numbers dropped off considerably a year ago to 57 catches and 791 yards, but he was slowed by a knee injury. The Jaguars think he is the playmaker they were lacking the last couple of years. He could show it as both a receiver and kick returner. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 2/39 - Marqise Lee, WR, 6-0, 192, Southern Cal...The Jaguars coveted this Biletnikoff Award winner in his sophomore season when he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards. The numbers dropped off considerably a year ago to 57 catches and 791 yards, but he was slowed by a knee injury. The Jaguars think he's the playmaker they've been lacking the last couple of years. He could show it as both a receiver and kick returner. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Turns out the Jaguars didn't need to make the trade after all. Jacksonville tried to move up at the start of the second round fearing coveted pick Marquise Lee would be off the board by the time the Jaguars were ready to pick with the seventh selection of the second round. Jacksonville couldn't find any trade partners and thus had to sweat out whether Lee, the talented wide receiver from UCLA would be there for the taking with the 39th overall pick of the draft. When asked if he thought the Jaguars had "stolen" a pick when Lee was still available in the second round, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell just smiled and nodded. "Yeah, we feel really good about it obviously. Like I said, we were looking to trade up to get him and we couldn't get that done," Caldwell said.

After getting the quarterback they wanted - and needed - in the first round, Lee was the perfect complement to Blake Bortles. The uncertainty of Justin Blackmon's status made wide receiver a priority for the Jaguars and they acted quickly, selecting both Lee and Penn State receiver Allen Robinson in the second round. It was an indication that the Jaguars have all but given up on Blackmon. They have received no word from the league as to whether he would even be eligible to return next fall, and even if he was, the Jaguars would then have to make a decision whether they wanted to keep him around and run the risk of yet another suspension. "We've moved on for this year," Caldwell said. The selection of Lee and Robinson solidified the announcement. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 25/5. *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal, 6-0, 192, 4.43, 1...As a freshman phenom in 2011, Lee put his amazing athletic skills on display and looked the part of a top three draft pick destined for Heisman discussions. He is an elite athlete who could do it all, and maybe still can. But with less complementary talent and myriad physical maladies, his last two years were less spectacular. Still, this is a tough kid from a tougher background filled with gangs, killings (brother was murdered) and family challenges (father is deaf). He never complained, just used his skills as a ticket out. And now it is time to get the ticket punched. Frankly: The image of Lee toying with defenders in 2011 is hard to forget. If he can play back to that level, Lee will be a steal anywhere beyond the middle of the first round. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 30. Marquise Lee WR, USC (6-0, 192, 4.52, JR)...Lee set several program records for the Trojans over his career and is a fun player to watch with the ball. He does have some medical concerns with his knee and will have his share of drops, but Lee has cat-like quickness to get open and create as a ballcarrier. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Marqise Lee, Southern Cal, 6-0, 192, 4.52...As a freshman phenom in 2011, Lee put his amazing athletic skills on display and looked the part of a top three pick destined for future Heisman discussions. He is an elite athlete who could do it all, and maybe still can. But with less complementary talent and myriad physical maladies, his last two years were less spectacular. Still, this is a tough kid from a tougher background filled with gangs, killings (brother was murdered) and family challenges (father is deaf). He never complained, just used his skills as a ticket out. And now it is time to get the ticket punched. Frankly: The image of Lee toying with defenders in 2011 is hard to forget. If he can play back to that level, Lee will be a steal anywhere beyond the middle of the first round. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal: In Harbaugh's ball-control offense, slot receivers only occasionally see the field. Given the way the rest of the league is evolving towards the pass, however, spreading the field with playmakers could be a priority for San Francisco. The 49ers already boast two physical, reliable pass-catchers on the outside with Crabtree and Boldin. Lee's first-step acceleration, however, would serve as an effective complement.

Lee struggled with injuries and drops in 2013 and doesn't have the buzz of similarly gifted slot receivers like Odell Beckham, Jr. (LSU) or Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), but the talent that helped him dominate the Pac-12 his first two seasons of college football didn't just disappear. If the 49ers are satisfied with Lee's recovery from the knee issues which plagued him as a junior, they might be able to simply stand pat at No. 30 and allow the dynamic playmaker to fall into their lap. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 15. *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal, 6-0, 195, 4.49, 1...As a freshman phenom in 2011, Lee put his amazing athletic skills on display and looked the part of a top three pick destined for future Heisman discussions. He is an elite athlete who could do it all, and maybe still can. But with less complementary talent and a myriad of physical maladies, his last two years were less spectacular. Still, this is a tough kid from a tougher background filled with gangs, killings (brother was murdered) and family challenges (father is deaf). He never complained, just used his skills as a ticket out. And now it is time to get that ticket punched. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/04/2014 - USC's Lee opts for NFL Draft...USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee declared his intention on Friday night to give up his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. "I have decided to forego my senior season at USC and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft," Lee said in a tweet. "I want to thank my coaches, teammates, staff and the entire Trojan Family for all of the support over the last three seasons. I am a proud Trojan and will remain a Trojan for life!"

Lee struggled with injuries during his junior year and finished the season with 57 receptions for 791 yards and four touchdowns. But he is projected as a first-round pick as the No. 3 wide receiver and the No. 17 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. As a sophomore, Lee won the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the nation after he had 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

12/21/2013 - Cody Kessler passed for 344 yards and a bowl-record four touchdowns in the Trojans' 45-20 victory over the 21st-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday under Clay Helton. Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor had two touchdown catches apiece, Javorius Allen rushed two more scores, and the Trojans (10-4) answered every question about their motivation by routing a BCS contender for the storied program's first postseason victory since 2009.

Lee had seven catches for 118 yards in likely the final game at USC for the Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver. The junior is expected to head to the NFL after putting a pleasant finish on a crazy season in Los Angeles. - USC football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Marqise Lee, Jr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - USC football

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: USC's Lee, Baylor's Norwood breakout on big stage...On their first play from scrimmage of the second half, Lee took a post 27-yards, sharply cutting to avoid one USC defender and dragging three others - including 6-foot-6, 265-pounder Trent Murphy - for the final few yards. After being declared down, the six-foot, 195-pound Lee emerged from the pile of humanity to emphatically pound the turf with the ball and signal "first down" to the delight of the home crowd.

When healthy, Lee is a dominant performer well worth first round consideration. Questions about his slim frame and durability will only increase, however, as Lee was again hobbled late in the game. His toughness, however, won't be questioned as a limping Lee made arguably the play of the game by hauling in a quick slant on 4th and two to extend USC's game-winning drive.

Lee missed two games this season (Arizona, Utah) due to an injury to his left knee and has been limited in several others, leading to pedestrian numbers to this point. Lee entered the showdown with Stanford having caught just 38 passes for 521 yards and two scores. By comparison, Lee had caught 98 passes for 1484 and 13 touchdowns by this time a year ago. To NFL scouts the only thing more enjoyable than watching an established star like Lee return to his playmaking ways is to see a previously unknown player emerge. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: USC's Lee, Baylor's Norwood breakout on big stage...On a day in which Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis made arguably the play of the year to preserve the Tigers' undefeated season, wideouts Marqise Lee and Levi Norwood made the night every bit as memorable. Lee told the media that he expected the USC coaching staff to "let me loose a little bit" against Stanford and they certainly did, featuring the junior at wide receiver, punt returner and pairing him with fellow pass-catcher Nelson Agholor as a kick returner.

Lee's six catches for 83 yards certainly isn't as eye-popping as some of the performances he's enjoyed the past two seasons for the Trojans but the athleticism, toughness and timing he showed in USC's 20-17 upset over Stanford won't soon be forgotten by NFL scouts. From the get-go, it was clear that the reigning Biletnkikof Award winner had regained his trademark explosiveness. While Stanford largely contained the Trojans' superstar, Lee showed his vision, agility and burst in returning a punt 20 yards against the Cardinal, as well as the body control and secure hands to haul in a two-point conversion in the first quarter to extend USC's surprising early lead to 14-7. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/02/2013 - Finally winning at Reser Stadium after a long drought, the USC Trojans lifted interim coach Ed Orgeron to their shoulders in celebration. Southern California defeated Oregon State 31-14 Friday night in Corvallis for the first time since 2004, and in the process became bowl eligible after a rocky start to the season. Javorius Allen ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Marqise Lee returned from a knee injury and had five catches for 105 yards and a score for Southern California (6-3, 3-2 Pac-12. ) Cody Kessler threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and Silas Redd ran for 140 yards. It was the third win in four games under Orgeron, who took over when the Trojans dismissed Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 after opening the season 3-2.

"Great job of coming into a hostile environment and really never letting it affect us as much as it has in the past," said Orgeron, who also took a turn conducting the USC marching band after the victory. "There was a belief in the locker room, at halftime, during the game." Oregon State's Sean Mannion threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three uncharacteristic interceptions in the loss, the second straight for the Beavers (6-3, 4-2) after a six-game winning streak. Two of Mannion's interceptions came in the red zone, and Oregon State had a field goal blocked and missed another. "That's too much," coach Mike Riley said of the errors. "You're not going to overcome that." - AP Sports

10/25/2013 - USC WR Lee out for Utah game...All-American USC wide receiver Marqise Lee will not play in Saturday's game against Utah because of a left knee injury, ESPN reported Friday. Lee missed much of the second half of last Saturday's loss to Notre Dame after aggravating the injury, which he first sustained in a Sept. 28 game against Arizona State. Lee has 32 catches for 403 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.

USC has injury issues throughout its roster, but particularly at receiver. The Troans are hoping wide receivers Darreus Rogers and De'Von Flournoy can play despite injuries. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor (ribs) is questionable. Walk-on wide receivers Christian Tober, Cody Skene, George Katrib and Robby Kolanz, a former intern in the USC sports information department, may play against Utah. USC also will be without its top three tight ends: Xavier Grimble (ankle), Randall Telfer (knee) and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. Running back Justin Davis will miss the rest of the seasons following ankle surgery. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal...After spraining his left knee against Arizona State on Sept. 28, Lee found himself on the sidelines, but was cleared to play on Saturday against Notre Dame. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Southern Cal's all-time receiving yards leader again tweaked his knee and left the game in the first half, watching the rest of the game from the bench. Lee is an athletic playmaker who projects as a first round pick based on his talent and production, but his durability concerns have gone from a slight concern to a strong red flag for NFL scouts. We'll see how long this latest setback will keep him on the sidelines, but Lee should focus on getting healthy for the next level and not rush back to action, which isn't exactly in his DNA. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/16/2013 - USC WR Lee expected to play against Notre Dame...USC All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee, who missed the Trojans game against Arizona last Saturday because of a sprained knee, is expected to play in this Saturday's game at Notre Dame. The USC athletic department's official Twitter account posted an update on Tuesday, which read: "USC WR Marqise Lee participated in an early portion of practice today and he expects to be 100% and good to go by Saturday at Notre Dame."

Lee injured his knee two weeks ago against Arizona State. When the injury occurred it appeared it might end Lee's season, but it was later discovered that no ligaments had been torn. Lee has 30 receptions for 385 yards and one touchdowns in five games this season. He is also averaging 19.8 yards on five kickoff returns this year. Without Lee, USC piled up 546 total yards and 297 passing yards, both season highs, in the victory over Arizona. That was USC's first game since Lane Kiffin was fired as head coach. - The Sports Xchange

10/08/2013 - USC WR Lee 'very questionable'...Wide receiver Marqise Lee is "very questionable" with a sprained knee and is unlikely to play Thursday against Arizona, interim coach Ed Orgeron said. Lee, projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, said last week he was feeling better. But the bye week wasn't sufficient time for a full recovery. Lee hasn't returned to practice since he was injured Sept. 28 at Arizona State in coach Lane Kiffin's final game at Southern Cal. The Trojans are hopeful running back Silas Redd can get on the field for the first time. He practiced without limitations for the first time this season and would return as part of a three-back rotation with Justin Davis and Tre Madden. - The Sports Xchange

10/03/2013 - USC WR Marqise Lee (knee) 'getting better daily,' Redd cleared to play...While Marqise Lee's status is in doubt, the next week's Pac-12 South matchup should be the season debut for running back Silas Redd. Redd, the Trojans leading rusher a year ago with 905 yards on the season, suffered a knee injury in spring practice and has undergone two surgical procedures. He has been cleared to play, but told reporters he will have to "ease into things." With Redd sidelined, the Trojans have gotten increased production from sophomore Tre Madden and freshman Justin Davis. Madden is averaging over 100 yards per game and Davis has taken advantage of his limited action, averaging 7.40 yards per carry and racking up three touchdowns in the loss to Arizona State. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

09/29/2013 - Southern California was unable to keep up with Arizona State, matching a school record for most points allowed while giving up more yards than the previous two games combined. That wasn't even the worst news. Dominated by Arizona State's offense, the Trojans lost 62-41 to the Sun Devils Saturday night and may have lost All-American receiver Marqise Lee for an extended period of time after he appeared to injure his left knee in the fourth quarter.

"Obviously, it didn't look very good," USC coach Lane Kiffin said. "It didn't sound very good or look very good, so that's all I got for you." There wasn't much that looked good for the Trojans on this night. The offense, which had been inconsistent, was decent, gaining 542 yards and getting three touchdowns each from Tre Madden and Justin Davis. - AP Sports

09/23/2013 - There are 11 receivers in the Pac-12 with more receiving yards than USC's Lee. Lee was banged up in training camp, but told reporters after Saturday's game that he's at about 98 percent. Lee has only two receptions longer than 19 yards all season. He had that many in the first eight minutes of the 2012 season. The mediocrity of the Trojans' 2013 offense is stunning. Nationally, the Trojans are No. 108 in passing and No. 106 in offense; they're last in the Pac-12 by a gap of more than 50 yards per game and in scoring by almost 10 points. As USCfootball.com's Dan Weber noted, the Trojans were 0 of 8 on third down in the second half in their 17-14 win over Utah State. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/11/2013 - WR Lee confirms USC players-only meeting...USC did hold a players-only meeting after the loss to Washington State last weekend without their coach's knowledge, according to wide receiver Marquse Lee. Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday that the meeting did not take place on Sunday, even though Lee had indicated to reporters after Saturday's game that the players would come together without coaches present. But Lee confirmed the meeting, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday. "Kiffin don't know," Lee told the Daily News. "Players. Players. Kiffin don't know nothing about it. No coaches. We did have that meeting. ? Now (Kiffin) knows."

Lee, defensive end Devon Kennard and linebacker Hayes Pullard were among the players who addressed the team, which is reeling from a 10-7 loss to the Cougars in which the Trojans passed for only 54 yards. Shouts of "Fire Kiffin" were heard from the crowd during the closing moments of the Pac-12 game in Los Angeles Coliseum. Lee told the Daily News that the meeting focused on how the team responds going forward. "I think everyone got it," he said. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marqise Lee, who entered the season as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, has 15 catches for 181 yards. But he has yet to catch a touchdown pass and his big-play ability is non-existent playing with struggling quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. His longest reception is only 19 yards. He reportedly called for a players-only meeting before the Trojans host Boston College on Saturday. "I don't think that ever works," USC coach Lane Kiffin told the Los Angeles Daily News, adding he prefers coaches to go over film with players instead. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - Marqise Lee and the Trojans hold a players-only meeting...On Saturday night Southern California lost to Washington State for the first time since a 30-27 overtime loss in 2002. It was also the first time the Trojans had lost at home to the Cougars since 2000. And it was not a pretty loss, as the Trojans managed only 193 yards of offense and the crowd at the Coliseum could be heard chanting "fire Lane Kiffin" during the game. Afterward, receiver, Marqise Lee, a captain of the team, said the team would hold a players-only meeting. "We're not supposed to come in [Sunday] but we'll come in and talk about it as a team and go over the things we can improve on as a team without the coaches there," Lee told reporters.

Now, some people may take this as a bad sign for Lane Kiffin and his future with the Trojans, but I don't believe that's the case. I think this is an instance of the players holding themselves accountable for their performance on Saturday night. Lane Kiffin has his critics, and I'm often one of them, but USC's performance on Saturday night cannot be pinned on him and him alone. It was truly a team effort. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

09/08/2013 - Southern California hadn't even finished the first half of its home opener before the Coliseum crowd erupted in boos for its inept offense and full-throated chants of ''Fire Kiffin!'' Lane Kiffin heard it all night long during a disheartening 10-7 loss to Washington State. And while the fourth-year coach isn't about to agree with the instructions, he couldn't argue with the sentiment. ''That's not a performance that anybody should have to pay to see,'' Kiffin said.

USC (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) was knocked out of the AP Top 25 with an embarrassing offensive performance against the Cougars, who held the Trojans to their fewest total yards (193) and single-game yards passing (54) since 1998. While USC's defense was dominant, the talent-laden offense was shockingly poor, with two quarterbacks struggling equally. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marqise Lee took out a total-disability insurance policy worth $10 million for this season, according to ESPN. The policy allows Lee to collect the money tax free if he suffers a career-ending injury or slips significantly in the NFL draft. Lee did not go through the NCAA to obtain the policy. An NCAA program caps the insurance amount at $5 million and does not pay players for loss-of-draft-value insurance. A policy typically costs $8,000-10,000 for every $1 million in insurance, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 7. Marqise Lee*, WR, Southern California (6-0, 195): The reigning Biletnikoff winner as the nation's top receiver, Lee has extraordinary agility and burst, making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. But with the Trojans lacking experience at quarterback, Lee could struggle to duplicate his previous success. It took him eight catches to eclipse the 100-yard mark in the season opener against Hawaii, and he was visibly frustrated at times. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 7. WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal (6-0, 195, 4.51)* -- The reigning Biletnikoff winner as the nation's top receiver, Lee possesses extraordinary agility and burst, making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/30/2013 - Joining other expected Heisman Trophy candidates, University of Southern California junior wide receiver Marqise Lee took out a large insurance policy to protect his financial interests in the event of an injury, ESPN.com reported Thursday. Lee's policy would pay him $10 million should he sustain a career-ending injury, according to the report. ESPN.com indicated that Lee joined Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ($10 million) and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ($5 million) with large insurance policies, and that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel indicated he would get insurance.

Last season, Lee made 118 receptions for 1,721 yards -- both USC records -- and 14 touchdowns. NFL Draft Scout lists him as the No. 1 wide receiver prospect for the 2014 draft, and the No. 9 prospect overall. Through two seasons with the Trojans, Lee owns or shares 22 team records, including most receiving yards a game (345 at Arizona last November). - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: WR Marqise Lee - The All-American wide receiver who is a legitimate Heisman candidate is very valuable especially with USC having a new starting quarterback with Matt Barkley off to the NFL. The receiving corps was depleted by injuries in the spring after Robert Woods left after his junior season to the NFL. Lee's big-play ability is important to make the USC's offense multi-faceted and difficult for defensive coordinators to prepare. When healthy -- he hurt his shoulder in practice Friday -- Lee can draw defenders, which will open opportunities for others and make USC's use of the play-action with running back Silas Redd more effective. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Trojans dodge a bullet...The last news USC coach Lane Kiffin wants to hear this season is that of an injury, especially to star receiver Marqise Lee. This is a make-or-break season for Kiffin and he needs all of his resources to win games and create trust from the Trojans' faithful. Lee appeared to injure his right shoulder upon landing after catching a long pass from Cody Kessler during practice Aug. 9. According to the Associated Press, he remained on the field until USC's medical staff took him away. The Los Angeles Times reported that Lee was in a sling later.

Kiffin, who shies away from offering injury updates to the media, did not give an immediate assessment of Lee's condition. Lee had 118 catches for 1,721 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and 14 touchdowns last season. Lee's injury is an inauspicious way for Kifffin to start the 2013 season after the problems he faced in 2012. At least the Trojans do not have the burden of being the preseason No. 1-ranked team in the nation this time around.

However, this is still USC and Kiffin will be scrutinized after what transpired last year. Other than failing to meet preseason expectations with senior quarterback Matt Barkley, Kiffin bolted away after a reporter inquired about an injury to a player. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal (6-0, 195, Jr.)...A silky smooth athlete who in 2012 became the first Trojan and just the fifth sophomore to ever take home the Biletnikof Trophy as the nation's top wideout, Lee is a future No. 1 target in the NFL. He lacks the size that has helped make Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green household names and is likely to catch less passes in 2012 with Matt Barkley now in the NFL, but his ability to turn short catches into long gains is unparalleled in college football. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - USC wide receiver Marqise Lee has not been speaking to media since injuring his shoulder in practice, but the Biletnikoff Award winner opened up about the setback on Monday; calling it a scare and nothing more. "I'm solid, 100 percent back," Lee told reporters on Monday. "[USC coach Lane] Kiffin wanted me to wear the yellow jersey in practice, not me." The non-contact jersey Lee has been wearing in practice led some to believe that the Trojans' leading receiver suffered a potentially serious shoulder injury on Aug. 9. Lee landed hard on his right shoulder after a defender made contact, and then the junior was quickly escorted away for X-rays. "I was scared for a moment," Lee told the Los Angeles Times. "But as soon as I got up and got a chance to walk around and feel it, then I realized, 'OK, I'm OK. I'll be all right.'"

Trojans coach Lane Kiffin has not decided on a quarterback for the opener against Hawaii. The competition continues between Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, and Kiffin has hinted that there may not be a final decision before game time. "Ideally, we would not like to have two quarterbacks on opening day, but you never say never," Kiffin said over the weekend. - Chip Patterson, CBSSorts.com

08/15/2013 - All-America receiver Marqise Lee has returned to practice at Southern California after missing four days of training camp with an injury. Lee participated in both sessions of the Trojans' practice Wednesday night. The Biletnikoff Award winner had a bone bruise around his right shoulder after a fall during practice last Friday. After sitting out the next four days of workouts, Lee returned for limited work Wednesday.

Lee didn't wear shoulder pads in the morning practice session, and he participated sparingly in the evening session. USC needs every healthy player available in practice. Injuries are piling up for a team still limited by scholarship restrictions resulting from NCAA sanctions. Coach Lane Kiffin said 23 players were unavailable for contact drills due to injuries. - AP Sports

08/14/2013 - 2013 JET AWARD WATCH LIST: Marqise Lee Jr. USC,...The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers. To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. - Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Marqise Lee will be going for back-to-back Biletnikoff awards as a junior, but he will have to do it with a new starting quarterback and without tag-team receiving partner Robert Woods. Lee finished last season with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards, both Pac-12 records. He had 14 receiving touchdowns. With speed and open-field running ability, no receiver was more dangerous after the catch. He also did good work on kick returns, averaging 28.6 yards per attempt. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP USC PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Marqise Lee (6-0, 195, 4.49)*...While nit-picking, Lee can improve his grade by paying more attention to his route-running. He relies on his natural athleticism to work himself free, at times, rather than exploding out of his routes at the proper depths. This free-lancing resulted in several of Barkley's interceptions last season. Lee lacks the size of the elite receivers (Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Julio Jones) of recent years and this fact could push him down the board slightly as teams over-analyze prospects in the weeks leading up to the draft. Blessed with physical traits every bit as impressive as young stars with similar size like the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (5-10, 192) and Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace (6-0, 195), however, Lee deserves his billing as a blue-chip prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP USC PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Marqise Lee (6-0, 195, 4.49)*...Lee enters his junior season at USC as one of the elite prospects in the country. A consensus All-American and the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top wide receiver in 2012, Lee already has matched or set 22 records with the Trojans. He's caught 191 passes for 2,864 yards and 25 touchdowns over his first two seasons in Troy and is just as effective as a kick returner, averaging 28.5 yards per return and scoring twice. The loss of Barkley and fellow playmaking wideout Robert Woods to the NFL will allow defenses to focus on Lee and could result in less production in 2013 but a slight statistical drop-off won't concern scouts who see a phenomenal blend of speed, agility and technique from the well-built wideout and track star (long jumper, sprinter).

Lee offers explosive straight-line speed that makes pressing him risky for even talented cornerbacks. He is a fluid athlete, capable of changing directions quickly and shows developing savvy as a route-runner, often using a hesitation move and shoulder-dip to get defenders off-balance. His vision, elusiveness and acceleration make him a terror after the catch, whether as a receiver or returner. Lee plucks the ball easily and can track over either shoulder. He plays bigger than his size, showing the ability to go up and high-point passes amidst tight coverage and is an attentive, physical downfield blocker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/11/2013 - Southern California coach Lane Kiffin says wide receiver Marqise Lee has a bone bruise in the area around his right shoulder and is considered day-to-day. The All-American was banged up Friday at practice and missed the Trojans' morning practice Saturday. He was back for the evening session, though without pads. Kiffin told reporters Saturday he expected Lee back in action soon and was relieved that it turned out to be not as serious as it looked.

Lee was hurt attempting to catch a long pass from Cody Kessler in coverage during Friday's work outs. He stayed down on the field before USC's medical staff escorted him away. Lee had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns last year as a sophomore, winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He also was the Pac-12's offensive player of the year. USC has already lost two wide receivers for the season. George Farmer injured his knee during spring practice and freshman Steven Mitchell hurt his knee in June during a voluntary workout with teammates. - AP Sports

08/10/2013 - USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner, left practice on Friday after suffering an apparent shoulder injury, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. The severity of the injury was not immediately known. Lee, the Pac-12 offensive player of the year last season, suffered his injury after catching a pass from Cody Kessler and anding on his shoulder, according to the report. USC trainers and doctors come onto the field and looked at his right shoulder area. He was carted off the field and did not return. The Times reported that witnesses said Lee was shirtless and had his right arm in a sling when he was transported by golf cart from the area.

USC coach Lane Kiffin provided no further details after practice. "I didn't see him come down," Kiffin said. "It was a really deep ball, and I was getting ready for the next play. Somebody has to step up. Darreus Rogers has looked good, next guy up." Lee, a junior, has 191 career catches for 2,864 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also is a standout kick returner. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2013 - Southern California receiver Marqise Lee left practice early Friday after apparently injuring his right shoulder. The All-American appeared to get hurt while attempting to catch a long pass from Cody Kessler in coverage. He stayed down on the field before USC's medical staff escorted him away. Coach Lane Kiffin provided no update on Lee's condition after practice, saying he hadn't seen exactly what happened to his top player. Kessler says Lee told his teammates he would be "fine" before he left the field. Lee had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns last year as a sophomore, winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He also was the Pac-12's offensive player of the year. Lee also is a dynamic kick returner. - AP Sports

08/07/2013 - USC officials found that wide receiver Marqise Lee did not commit any NCAA violations in signing autographs during a trip to the BCS Championship Game in January, the school announced Tuesday. The university said it plans to send a cease-and-desist letter to a memorabilia dealer to stop him from selling Lee's autograph. Lee, a junior, and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&m were among a group of award winners who were invited to south Florida to take part in activities surrounding the championship game. The NCAA is investigating whether Manziel accepted money for his autograph. A broker told ESPN on Tuesday that Manziel was paid $7,500 for his signature.

Lee won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver in 2012 after catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. "USC recently received an inquiry that floated Marqise Lee's name and the autograph signing situation in Miami that has been in the news lately," said Dave Roberts, USC vice president of athletic compliance. "As is USC's policy, USC immediately and diligently investigated the inquiry. ... Lee signed several photographs, some that were personalized, for an individual who represented himself as a fan and collector. Some of those photos have since been offered for sale online."

Lee said in a statement that he did not take money for his signature. "I believed that the individual who asked me to sign the photos was a fan and collector," Lee said. "I did not ask to be paid, I was not offered anything, I did not get anything and I did not authorize my autographs to be sold. I will make no further comments regarding this statement or anything related to it." - The Sports Xchange

07/30/2013 - Marqise Lee put up some monster numbers in 2012: 14 touchdowns, 1,721 receiving yards, 206.4 all-purpose yards per game. Yet, the junior wide receiver, the Biletnikoff Award winner as well as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, is not thinking about accolades. "As a player, I don't go into seasons focused on hype," Lee said Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day in Culver City, Calif. "The Heisman is the last thing on my mind." What is on his mind is improvement, as a team and individually. "You should always be able to motivate yourself," he said. He is pushing his teammates, and they in turn are pushing him.

Another familiar face, Robert Woods, is gone, leaving Lee as the Trojans' featured receiver, sure to receive special attention from defenses that no longer have to worry about a second All-American receiver on the field. Lee seems confident that sophomore Nelson Agholor is more than capable of filling Woods' shoes as his sidekick. "I think I can look over and look at him being Rob," Lee said. "I feel it's just the same. I think Nelson stepped in Rob's shoes and fulfilled them as good as possible, so I think we will be all right."

When Lee missed time during spring practice, Agholor, who caught 19 passes for 340 yards in 2012, was the top receiver. Kiffin praised his skill set and uniqueness as a player. "He's really competitive on the field," Kiffin said. "He's a great leader even though he just finished up his first year." - Jonathan Kuperberg, Pac-12 football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: WR Marqise Lee, USC......Lee 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). - USC football

07/19/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Marqise Lee, USC, JR...Lee 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). - USC football

07/16/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Marqise Lee, Southern California...Lee 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). - USC football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Marqise Lee, USC...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. - USC football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 5. Marqise Lee, USC, WR: The biggest bright spot on what was an otherwise nightmarish 2012 season for the Trojans, Lee isn't the nation's biggest receiver at 6 feet, 195 pounds, but he may be the most dynamic. Last year, he won the Biletnikoff Award after catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs. Lee also averaged 29 yards per kick return and 8 yards a carry. There's a good chance he also may play defense this year too.

Lee's explosiveness is evidenced by his work with the USC track team as well. He's a 25-foot long jumper and he's also run on the sprint relay team. "He's gotta be in the top five of the most freakish athletes I've ever been around," said USC WR coach Tee Martin, a former standout QB at Tennessee who also played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He's in there with the Jamal Lewises, the Leonard Littles, the Donta Stallworths and Kordell Stewarts. The things that are so great about Marqise is he's got this great ability to contort his body and to jump and just explode and go from zero to 60 really fast. And the really scary part is he's still so young and is working so hard to get better." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Round 2/39 -- Marqise Lee, WR, 6-0, 192, Southern California...The Jaguars coveted the Biletnikoff Award winner in his sophomore season, when he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards. The numbers dropped off considerably a year ago to 57 catches and 791 yards, but he was slowed by a knee injury. The Jaguars think he is the playmaker they were lacking the last couple of years. He could show it as both a receiver and kick returner. - The Sports Xchange
 

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