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Kiffin hopeful Marqise Lee can play in bowl after injury scare

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USC already knows it will be without its starting quarterback for the Sun Bowl game with Georgia Tech.  Whether they’ll have their most dynamic offensive weapon remains to be seen.

Star wide receiver Marqise Lee suffered some type of knee injury during practice Saturday and did not return.  The Orange County Register described it as “Lee [crumbling] to the ground during a drill.”

Following practice, head coach Lane Kiffin told reporters he was “hopeful” Lee would be available for the game.  The Register, though, wrote that it “[s]ounds as though Lee’s status for game is in question.”

Suffice to say, losing Lee would be a huge blow for the Trojans’ offense.

Lee ended the regular season leading the nation in receptions (112); was second in receiving yards (1,680); and was tied for third in receiving touchdowns with 14.  He was a consensus first-team All-American, won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding receiver and finished fourth in the Heisman voting.

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9 Responses to “Kiffin hopeful Marqise Lee can play in bowl after injury scare”
  1. spreadthecheese says: Dec 29, 2012 10:36 PM

    What happened to USC? From pre-season #1 with the Heisman frontrunner to the Sun Bowl?

  2. jbrown5206 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:15 AM

    Who cares what happened to those CHEATERS. CRY ME A RIVER. NOT

    GO BRUINS

  3. rsmeans says: Dec 30, 2012 2:03 AM

    Not only was USC irrelevant this year. So was M. Lee if you consider the type of competition he played against. He is not even among the top 10 receivers in the country–cannot block, runs predictable routes, brittle, and way overhyped.

  4. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 30, 2012 6:51 AM

    Rsmeans,

    You clearly have not watched very much USC football if that’s how you feel about M. Lee. He was one of the lone bright spots on the Trojan team this year. He put up huge numbers and was threat to score on every play.

    As far as brittle this is the first time I have heard of him getting hurt and he will still probably play in the game.

    Please also tell us the 10 receivers who are better?

  5. goodellsadouche says: Dec 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    Lee will be the most successful WR to come outta USC in recent memory. More successful than Patrick Turner! More dynamic than Mike Williams! Faster than Dwayne Jarret? Dude face it, you won’t hear this dude’s name after he leaves USC. Just another over hyped, under developed Trojan

  6. manchestermiracle says: Dec 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    Goodell: The University of Southern California Trojans have had-

    -more NFL picks than any other school (476).
    -more first-round picks than any other school (77).
    -a tie for most #1 overall picks.
    -41 Trojans on 2011 opening-day NFL rosters; only Miami with 42 had more players (since records were available, USC has been No. 1 in 17 of the last 36 years).
    -the No. 1 pick for 2 consecutive years (the only school to do so).
    -three of the most highly-drafted classes in history.
    -more players selected in the 2011 (9), 2009 (11), 2008 (10), 2006 (11) and 1990 (10) drafts than any school.
    -more players drafted than any school in the 10-year period from 2002-11 and 5-year period from 2007-11.
    -more first round picks than any school (16) in the decade of the 1980s. USC’s 5 first round picks in the 1968 draft was an NFL record that lasted 36 years.
    -a player appear in all but 4 of the 46 Super Bowls.
    -11 former players (more than any other school) and 3 ex-assistant coaches inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    -a 2010 ESPN.com survey rank the team as “the most fertile NFL draft pipeline” from 1979 to 2009.
    -Lindy’s Sports in 2010 list USC as the “football factory” for quarterbacks, running backs and offensive linemen.
    -the NFL Network in 2008 select USC as the No. 1 “football factory” in college football.
    -a 1999 article in ESPN Magazine say that “one of the best ways to win a Super Bowl is to (have a USC player on the team). The alma mater most often represented on winning teams is USC.”
    -a 1999 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune examine Pro Bowl selections since 1950 to determine the schools that have supplied the most pro players at various positions and found that USC had the most Pro Bowl selections and produced more Pro Bowl running backs and safeties than anyone.
    -a 1999 SPORT magazine article point out that USC sent more players to the Pro Bowl in the 1990s (14) than any other school.

    USC Players in the NFL in 2012:
    ATLANTA FALCONS
    Sam Baker, T
    Lofa Tatupu, LB
    BUFFALO BILLS
    Kyle Moore, DE
    CAROLINA PANTHERS
    Jeff Byers, C
    Ryan Kalil, C
    CHICAGO BEARS
    Chilo Rachal, G
    CINCINNATI BENGALS
    Rey Maualuga, LB
    Taylor Mays, S
    CLEVELAND BROWNS
    Jordan Cameron, TE
    Kaluka Maiava, LB
    Frostee Rucker, DE
    DALLAS COWBOYS
    Tyron Smith, T
    DETROIT LIONS
    Lawrence Jackson, DE
    GREEN BAY PACKERS
    Clay Matthews, LB
    *Nick Perry, LB
    *Marc Tyler, RB
    HOUSTON TEXANS
    Shaun Cody, DT
    Brian Cushing, LB
    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
    *Chris Galippo, LB
    Winston Justice, T
    Fili Moala, DT
    Kevin Thomas, CB
    KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
    Matt Cassel, QB
    MIAMI DOLPHINS
    Reggie Bush, RB
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS
    *Rhett Ellison, TE
    Everson Griffen, DE
    *Matt Kalil, T
    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
    Charles Brown, T
    Sedrick Ellis, DT
    NEW YORK GIANTS
    Keith Rivers, LB
    Terrell Thomas, CB
    NEW YORK JETS
    Joe McKnight, RB
    Mark Sanchez, QB
    Patrick Turner, WR
    OAKLAND RAIDERS
    David Ausberry, TE
    *Brandon Carswell, WR
    Nick Howell, G
    Matt Leinart, QB
    Carson Palmer, QB
    Alex Parsons, OL
    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
    Stanley Havili, RB
    Ronald Johnson, WR
    Mike Patterson, DT
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    Troy Polamalu, S
    ST. LOUIS RAMS
    Tom Malone, P
    Steve Smith, WR
    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
    *Christian Tupou, DT
    Shareece Wright, CB
    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
    Allen Bradford, LB
    Taitusi “Deuce” Lutui, G
    Anthony McCoy, TE
    Mike Morgan, LB
    Malcolm Smith, LB
    Mike Williams, WR
    TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
    *Chris Pousson, SNP
    TENNESSEE TITANS
    Jurrell Casey, DT
    *DaJohn Harris, DT
    Damian Williams, WR
    WASHINGTON REDSKINS
    Fred Davis, TE

    *2012 Rookie

    Yeah, I guess all that makes USC one big over-hyped school that under-develops players. Dude, face it, apparently you just discovered college football this year. One would think that with “Goodell” in your handle you’d know something about the NFL and where its players come from, but it seems the “douche” part is much more accurate.

  7. manchestermiracle says: Dec 30, 2012 10:17 AM

    John-
    Is there some particular reason why the CFT section doesn’t have the “reply” button below each comment like the other threads do? And the scrollable line for articles (with pics) would be nice, too, instead of just a text listing.

  8. fruitcovejag says: Dec 30, 2012 10:41 AM

    I’m an FSU grad and I’m sure us, UF, and of course UM stack up nicely against USC. I wouldn’t dare put that much work into a post though. What Goodell is saying is that there have been quite a few busts, as with any school. I just hope that you had the decency not to include R. Jay Soward as an NFL pick or player in those statistics you listed. That’s what people mean when they say numbers can lie. R. Jay was brutally bad! Shouldn’t count!

  9. spreadthecheese says: Dec 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    I’m a Notre Dame fan and as much as I dislike USC, whoever says Marqise Lee is overrated hasn’t watched him play. I think he’s easily the best wide receiver I’ve seen at USC in the past decade, hands down.

    Say what you want about ND but they’re #1 and have played teams from a lot of different conferences this year. USC’s wide receiving duo was the best we faced.

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