Marqise Lee Named Pac-12 Offensive Player Of The Week
Oct. 29, 2012
USC sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance at Arizona.
It is the second time in 2012 that Lee has been honored by the Pac-12 (he was the Special Teams Player of the Week versus Hawaii) and fourth time in his career (in 2011, he was Offensive Player of the Week versus Oregon and Special Teams Player of the Week versus Washington).
Lee also was named College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week and made the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll this week.
At Arizona, Lee had one of the greatest receiving performances in the history of college football. He had a Pac-12 record 345 receiving yards (fifth most in NCAA history) on 16 catches (1 shy of the USC record and third most in Pac-12 history) with 2 TDs (49 and 44 yards), including 12 grabs for 255 yards in the first half. Six of his catches were for at least 28 yards: 57, 50, 49, 44, 32 and 28 yards. He also had 469 all-purpose yards (second most in NCAA history) as he added 123 yards on 3 kickoff returns and a 1-yard rush (plus he caught a 2-point conversion pass). He and teammate Robert Woods, who had 9 grabs for 93 yards, set a USC record for most receiving yards in a game by 2 players (438) and tied the USC record for most receptions in a game by 2 players (25).
In 2012, Lee has 76 receptions (already seventh on the USC season list) for 1,129 yards (14.9 average) with 10 TDs, along with 15 kickoff returns for 426 yards (28.4 average) with 1 TD. He currently is second nationally in receiving yards (141.1, first in Pac-12), third in receptions (9.5, first in Pac-12), fourth in all-purpose running (199.9, first in Pac-12) and 12th in kickoff returns (28.4, first in Pac-12).
He is 11th on USC's career pass catching list (149 receptions) and USC's career kickoff return list (711 yards). He has 9 career 100-yard receiving games, including a 3-game stretch from 2011 to 2012 (Oregon, UCLA, Hawaii) with 608 receiving yards that is the most prolific in USC history, plus a school record-tying (with Woods) 6 career games with double digit receptions and 5 career contests with multiple TDs. He has 2 career scoring kickoff returns. He has had at least 8 receptions in 11 games in his career, including 9 in a row at one point (last 4 of 2011, first 5 of 2012). He has had 16 receiving TDs in the past 12 games, with at least 1 in 9 of those contests. His pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2011 and 2012) equals a school record.
He made the 2012 Sporting News and Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-American first teams.