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USC launches Marqise Lee Heisman campaign

Marqise Lee, Jon Major AP

Prior to the start of the 2012 season, USC quarterback Matt Barkley was the presumptive Heisman front-runner among most seasoned observers.

As we’re now 10 weeks into the year, it’s one of Barkley’s teammates who’s getting the stiff-armed push from the school.  And deservedly so.

In its first official push of the year, USC Wednesday released a video championing wide receiver Marqise Lee for the Heisman and several other high-profile awards.  The video is really well done  — mainly due to the electrifying subject — and contains several opposing coaches heaping praise on a player who, as just a true sophomore, is being called the most NFL-ready receiver the game has seen in years.


Yeah, the kid’s kinda good, and the video evidence tells just a part of the story as Lee is statistically one of the top receivers in the country: second in receptions per game (9.8); second in receiving yards per game (142.9); and second in touchdown receptions (12).  Lee did a significant amount of damage in the loss to Arizona, setting a school and Pac-12 record with 345 yards receiving.

And, just like the last wide receiver to take home the Heisman (Desmond Howard, 1991), Lee is doing some of his damage in the return game as well, with his 29.4 yards per kickoff return good for 11th in the nation.  The week after setting the above-mentioned receiving mark, he broke the school and conference mark with 251 kick return yards against Oregon.

I don’t know if Lee deserves to win the Heisman like Howard, but he’s at least earned the right to be a part of the discussion.

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19 Responses to “USC launches Marqise Lee Heisman campaign”
  1. be4bama says: Nov 7, 2012 1:00 PM

    John, once again I’m not able to post on this article or any other CFT article written by you or Ben. Can you help me please?

    Kim Brooks Adcock and RTR Sent from my iPhone

  2. thraiderskin says: Nov 7, 2012 1:23 PM

    ummm…no. Not even close.

  3. pacific123ocean says: Nov 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    Stop all the campaigning, and let Marqise Lee’s play on the field speaks for itself. The kid plays for USC, and does not need a highlight video for voters to recognize his greatness.

  4. Omar Nipper says: Nov 7, 2012 1:48 PM

    Heisman campaigns are dumb.
    If you’re the best, you’re the best.

  5. papabush88 says: Nov 7, 2012 1:57 PM

    This kid deserves recognition. Not just the best WR talent, but he’s a GREAT competitor.

  6. thekatman says: Nov 7, 2012 2:36 PM

    Looks like #BELEEVE has over shadowed #BE7IEVE, and that’s a shame.

  7. addict2sport says: Nov 7, 2012 2:46 PM

    Lee has been impressive. As a USC fan I’d be more impressed to see them concentrate on breaking down the opposition’s offense on film so they can be better prepared to stop somebody from marching up and down the field. (yes, I realize its a media dept that puts these campaigns together.)

  8. be4bama says: Nov 7, 2012 2:53 PM

    Ok I see that the email I sent to you shows up as a comment. I did log in; I’m logged in now but there’s no “box” for me to write my comments in. It says I must be logged in to leave a comment. And I don’t know why my email is posting to this. Sent from my iPhone

  9. thekatman says: Nov 7, 2012 3:34 PM

    addict2sport – I agree 100%.

  10. jimbo75025 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    Hmm, yeah. Push all you want USC, but face it-for the next three weeks the Heisman Race goes through Manhattan, not LA-Manhattan, Kansas that is.

  11. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Nov 7, 2012 5:24 PM

    USC needs to focus on a Head Coaching search and a TEAM concept, and not so much on jumping from one individual to another.

  12. vols84 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:30 AM

    Kiffin is a great coach….for launching failed heisman campaigns…see Eric Berry, Matt Barkley, Marqis Lee.

  13. gatorguru says: Nov 8, 2012 7:38 AM

    How about the USC defense for Heisman? Pat Haden need to flush the gaggle of turds that make up the coaching staff.

  14. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2012 10:00 AM

    Much easier to pass and throw underinflated balls. Probably been going on all year until the kid got caught. Once a cheater………

  15. papabush88 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    @floridacock

    So now we are holding USC responsible for one student manager? Yeah, that makes sense. Lane doesn’t have time for nonsense like this. The balls were never even used. Officials noticed this before the game ever was played. Manager is a total idiot.

  16. thekatman says: Nov 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    I agree with you Papabush, but the fact remains that under the new NCAA rules that were announced 2 wks ago, the HC is fully responsible for all actions made by staff under him, and that includes the student manager. Personally, I don’t think Kiffin would’ve knowingly allowed that to happen, but the fact that he’s stretching the intent of the NCAA rules this year, and perhaps for the past 2 yrs, he is suspect. The NCAA fined USC for this issue, though I don’t know what the dollar amt is, but it should be heavy.

    I’ve always been in support of CLK, but with what has happened with our team this year, lack of production, lack of defense (yes we’re playing with an arm tied behind our back), the performance of the team over these 3 losses is unacceptable. SC is so much more talented than Stanford, Arizona and Oregon, that it all falls on the HC hands. Kiffin has not lead this team to the excellence that they are capable of doing. Geez, Mora is leading his much less talented team to the best record they’ve had since 2001!

    Ptjher much less talented programs are playing better than USC right now, though yes, Barks, Woods, Lee and the RBs are doing well, they didnt perform very well at all against Stanford and AZ. Unacceptable.

    Something’s rotten in Denmark, and it isn’t the players.

  17. papabush88 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:46 PM

    @thekatman

    The only thing that worries me about Lane is if he doesn’t fire Monte. Monte SHOULD resign, but if he doesn’t, Lane needs to fire him. Lane could use an OC because I believe he tries to be the hero all too often (kinda like Barkley with his mistakes in games). However, Lane is still putting a solid Offensive product on the field. Monte is not doing the same with his defense. He is a relic. Sure recruits get stoked when Monte walks into their home with a Super Bowl ring, but the Tampa 2 does nothing against spread offenses. Monte needs to go. People act like Lane hasn’t proved anything yet. He’s had some really good wins (@ND, @Oregon). Heck, we were supposed to lose 5 games last year (Cal, ND, Stanford, Oregon, ASU) and only lost 2. While Lane hasn’t proved EVERYTHING, he has still shown he can coach. Monte has not shown that. But if BS things like de-inflating balls and switching jerseys keeps happening, and the team is not improving, then we can say goodbye to Lane. So far, the guy has done a great job navigating us through these ridiculous sanctions.

  18. thekatman says: Nov 8, 2012 3:08 PM

    Understood PB, but the fact remains, under the new NCAA rules the HC is ultimately responsible, like the captain of a ship. Whether they knew about any ill advised behavior or not, they are responsible, cant deny that.

    I dont see CLK outta here for at least 2 years, but Monte has to gracefully retire, as i mentioned to you in another post.

    If we lose the next 3 games, all hell will break loose in Trojan land, by you, me, our fellow alumni and the general fan base. UNACCEPTABLE to lose these next 3 games.

  19. rsmeans says: Nov 9, 2012 7:13 AM

    Setting records in the poor PAC12 conference is not that difficult given their horrible bowl records in the pass which ranks second from the bottom among BCS conferences. Also catching end passing deflated footballs is much easier than using NCAA approved inflated footballs. Lee is probably good enough to make some elite teams in spite of the cheating but who really knows?

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