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USC WR Marqise Lee injured against Arizona State

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As if getting embarrassed in the desert by Arizona State wasn’t enough, USC may have also lost Marqise Lee to a serious injury on Saturday night.

The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner hurt himself returning a punt early in the fourth quarter with the Trojans down by 27 points to the Sun Devils. Lee’s left knee seemed to twist awkwardly as he was tackled and he screamed in pain. The team captain was carried off the field by teammates and examined on the bench by trainers. He was later carted off the field, but not before giving ESPN’s sideline reporter a thumb’s up.

At the time of his injury, Lee had seven catches for 92 yards, including a 51-yard reception in the third quarter. During the game, Lee passed Johnny Morton to become USC’s all-time reception yardage leader. For the season, he has 30 catches for 385 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, Lee set Pac-12 records with 118 catches for 1,721 yards.

USC is now down to two healthy scholarship receivers: Sophomores Nelson Agholor and Victor Blackwell. But if Lee is out for any extended period of time, stick a fork in USC’s already-putrid offense. With scholarship numbers already down, losing its last proven playmaker will be really hard to overcome.

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9 Responses to “USC WR Marqise Lee injured against Arizona State”
  1. jimsjam33 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:55 AM

    USC is hard to watch now . The uniforms look the same , but the team has no style , no swag , no sizzle and now it’s time to ……fire Kiffin ! Okay Pat Hayden , enough of this experiment unless 6 victory seasons get you excited .

  2. mcbrdmichael says: Sep 29, 2013 2:01 AM

    Not the right time to hate on Lame Kiffin or USC. Let’s all hope that Lee isn’t badly injured although it looked pretty bad on TV. Another unintended consequence of the idiots that run the NCAA. Their scholarship reductions for USC have created an extreme safety issue for the players who are out there without any viable backup or chance for relief.

  3. soundsofsuccess7 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:23 AM

    Not even the best receiver on USC. That said, hate to see anyone injured and wish Marqise a speedy recovery.

  4. Anoesis says: Sep 29, 2013 3:18 AM

    What an ugly turn of events for a once-proud program. Turned this one off when one of the SC receivers (didn’t bother checking which one) let a ball bounce off him into the arms of the defense. The first of three interceptions thrown by Trojan QBs.

    The defense seemed stout against the run early, but inexplicably allowed ASU receivers to get wide open. Apparently they then collapsed, giving up 261 yards rushing and over 600 yards overall. For a D that was 4th in the nation that is the definition of “collapse.” The offense started out okay, but is obviously not good enough to trade points with anyone.

    The only hope left in this season is that Pat Haden will bite the bullet and pull the plug on the failed Lane Kiffin era. Giving up 62 points (6 TDs in the second half?!) is simply inexcusable. From 10-2 two years ago to the laughing stock of the conference.

    It isn’t going to turn around or even get any better, Pat. Might as well can Kiffin now instead of waiting for the end of the year. Please do it. It couldn’t be any worse than if there was no head coach at all.

  5. Anoesis says: Sep 29, 2013 3:19 AM

    Yeah, okay, a running back (Tre Madden) threw the third pick in his only passing attempt. Whatever, my team sucks big time under Kiffin.

  6. 700levelvet says: Sep 29, 2013 6:51 AM

    Down 27 points in the 4th quarter and having your best offensive weapon returning punts is brilliant coaching….Brilluant.

  7. madtownthrowdown says: Sep 29, 2013 8:17 AM

    HAHAHA Kiffin just got canned!

  8. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    Now that USC fired their coach, Silas is looking to transfer…again. Karma is a bitch, bitch.

  9. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    Hated to see this youngster go down and I hope for USC fans that his injury is not as severe as it looked…

    Firing their head coach on top of losing a key player is tough….Hopefully their interim coach will be able to salvage the rest of the season…

    Fight on…..

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