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Marqise Lee, no separation at QB highlight USC’s spring game

Marqise Lee, Jon Major AP

Heading into today’s spring game, USC was facing serious depth problems with 20 players being sidelined due to injury. That, cornerback issues and the quarterback competition were among the storylines for the Trojans — and there weren’t many answers following a 42-36 win for the Cardinal team (offense) over the White team (defense).

Per USC’s official stats, Cody KesslerMax Wittek and early enrollee Max Browne combined for six passing touchdowns. Kessler had the best day statistically of the three — for whatever that’s worth — completing 15-of-22 passes for 242 yards and three scores. Wittek added another two touchdowns through the air.  Head coach Lane Kiffin said afterward that he was not prepared to name a starter.

The best offensive weapon for the Trojans was Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee, who hauled in three touchdowns.Kiffin said this past week that USC was struggling with the cornerback spot so much that he would possibly consider putting Lee there. That, barring an emergency, is unlikely to happen.

At safety, Demetrius Wright had two interceptions, both from of Wittek. Wright tweeted last week that he was scheduled to have hip surgery, but he later decided not to go through with the procedure.

With spring over, Wright, and 19 of his teammates, will turn his attention to trying to get healthy.

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8 Responses to “Marqise Lee, no separation at QB highlight USC’s spring game”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:54 PM

    Kessler has been performing best to this point of the spring. The only knock on him is that he isn’t as talk as Wittek. Otherwise, Kessler is pretty clearly the better guy.

  2. canetic says: Apr 13, 2013 11:25 PM

    Sounds like the USC defense is living up to last year’s standards. If Kiffin tries to put Marqise Lee at CB he should just leave the team and take a year off until the draft.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Apr 14, 2013 12:29 AM


    Last year’s terrible defense was largely in part to scheming. Simply put, Monte had no idea what to do against these spread offenses with their pass happy play calling and option plays.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Apr 14, 2013 3:46 AM

    From what I keep reading and hearing, Kessler has out preformed the other two all spring long. For some reason, I just get the feeling LK in the back of his mind wants Wittek to be the guy. Not sure if it’s the Mater Dei thing going, or he just doesnt believe in Kessler’s game.

    As far as the Defense, I also think they had issues tackling last year because the just didn’t practice it. Tackling is a parishable skill and if you don’t do it, you will lose it. The Trojans are going to be short on players all year and have injuries. The least, we better see them playing hard and tackle like they know how to.

    I really don’t get all the whinning is about the two corner spots. SC has recruited several 4 and 5 star guys and have numbers there. How about just let them play, the situation will work it self out. It’s not like anyone of those guys can’t play. There all young studs, just needing reps.

    And if Lee ever lines up on D, it’s because he talked LK into it. He is a beast and will do what ever is needed to win, that’s they type of player he is. Theirs to much talent on this team to see 6 wins again. They’d better step up and play to the capabilities this year or there will be major changes.

  5. fnc111 says: Apr 14, 2013 10:28 AM

    You guys had seven wins last year bro.

  6. manchestermiracle says: Apr 14, 2013 11:45 AM

    After the expectations Trojans fans had for that team it felt like 3 wins.

  7. arrogantnation says: Apr 14, 2013 1:57 PM

    Marqise is a bad, bad man.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Apr 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    six or seven, does it really matter. I was a complete failure of a season.

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