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02/20/14 - 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
01/04/14 - 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
12/21/13 - 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
12/03/13 - 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
11/21/13 - 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