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.