USC Trojans wide-receiver Marqise Lee lit it up in their game against the Arizona Wildcats, as he set a Pac 12 conference record for most receiving yards in a single game with 345 yards. Unfortunately, this performance came in a losing effort as the Trojans were downed by Arizona, 39-36.
Marqise Lee is a sophomore who is sometimes overshadowed by fellow wide-out Robert Woods. Woods, a junior, has been Matt Barkley‘s favorite target for three years now, but after this performance, every college football fan will know who Marqise Lee is.
Lee has been the architect of some filthy good stat lines this year. In the season opener, he had 197 yards against the Hawaii Warriors and he nearly hit the 200 yard mark again as he had 192 receiving yards against the Utah Utes.
The Inglewood, California native not only set a new conference record, he put the bar absurdly high. Along with his 345 receiving yards, he added 16 receptions, 2 touchdowns and 123 return yards in the process! Talk about filling the stat sheet.
The former record holder was Oregon State Beavers wide-out Mike Hass, who had 293 yards in his performance against the Boise State Broncos in 2004.
On the year, Lee and Woods have been dominant, but unfortunately for Lane Kiffin and his Trojans, they have two losses, likely eliminating them from the National Championship hunt.
The future for Lee is unclear, but I expect him to head to the NFL after this year. Not only will his draft stock be high, senior quarterback Matt Barkley will be heading to play on Sundays as well. Does Lee really want to take on the challenge of building a chemistry with a new, young quarterback? I don’t think so.
Although a National Championship is not in the future for Lee, he is likely the front-runner to take home the Biletnikoff Award, an honor giving to the nation’s best receiver. He has 76 receptions for 1129 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year and may break more records before the season is over.