USC wide receiver Marqise Lee is arguably the best receiver in the entire country and is even generating some Heisman steam despite being on a 6-3 team, and now may see time on defense.
The school started a Heisman campaign for the receiver who leads the nation in all-purpose yards and receptions this week. His 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns rank second and third, respectively, in the nation.
Lane Kiffin has toyed with the idea of throwing Lee out in the defensive backfield this weekend vs. Arizona State if the right situation presents itself.
Lee is no stranger to playing on the defensive side of the ball and was primarily recruited as a safety out of high school, and has made the transition to receiver with relative ease after playing the position for only one year at Gardena Serra High School.
Lee was a standout as a freshman last season when he caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns and has already eclipsed those lofty numbers with three games still to play.
Two weeks ago Lee put himself on the map for those that have not seen the super sophomore in action this season when he had 16 receptions for a Pac 12 record 345 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arizona.
Making a splash on defense this weekend could enhance the sophomore’s chances of catching an invite to the Heisman ceremony next month.
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