Marqise Lee Named Biletnikoff Award Finalist
Nov. 19, 2012
USC sophomore Marqise Lee has been named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver.
The winner will be announced in person during "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. PT. The trophy will be presented to the winner at the 19th annual Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2013.
Joining Lee as finalists are West Virginia's Stedman Bailey and Baylor's Terrance Williams.
Lee currently leads the nation in receptions (107) and receiving yards (a Pac-12 record 1,605), is second in all-purpose yards (2,416) and third in TD catches (14). He is 5 catches shy of breaking the Pac-12 season receptions record. In all, he owns or shares 16 USC records.
Combined with his 704 yards on 24 kickoff returns (with 1 TD) and 107 yards on 11 rushes, Lee is averaging 17.0 yards every time he touches the ball in 2012. He has had 14 plays of 40-plus yards in 2012 (including 10 of 50-plus yards and 7 of 70-plus yards). More than half of his receptions (58 of 109, 53.2%) have been for first downs. The average length of his 15 TDs in 2012 is 40.8 yards.
He is seventh on USC's career pass catching list (180 receptions) and eighth on USC's career kickoff return list (989 yards). His 2,748 career receiving yards are a USC record for most in a freshman and sophomore season and are eighth most in USC history.
He has 12 career 100-yard receiving games (with a school-record tying twice with 200 yards), including 8 in 2012. He has a school-record 9 career games with double digit receptions (including a school-record 8 in 2012) and 6 career contests with multiple TDs. He has had at least 8 receptions in 14 games in his career, including 9 in a row at one point (last 4 of 2011, first 5 of 2012).
His pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2011 and 2012) equals a school record.