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Monday, December 31, 2:00pm EST
Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, Marqise Lee. Do I have your attention?
Marqise Lee, #9, Sophomore, WR
Coming into the 2012 season, much of the USC receiver hype was about junior Robert Woods, and rightfully so. In 2011 Woods had 38 more catches, 139 more yards, and 4 more touchdowns. But Lee was just a freshman last year and now that he’s ingrained in the system, he is otherworldly.
In my November WR rankings, I said that if Lee was draft eligible he would be the #1 receiver on my board. Lee has put up the most dominant USC receiver season in my database, topping Trojan legends like Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams, and Dwayne Jarrett.
More impressive than that, Lee is historically great within the Pac12 context. This season he set Pac12 records for most receptions (112) and reception yards (1,680). His 14 touchdowns are two behind Williams/Jarrett’s Pac12 record of 16. His 140 yards per game is the 7th best total of the past 15 years behind names like Randy Moss, Torry Holt, Michael Crabtree, Justin Blackmon, and Terrance Williams. Similarly, his 9.3 catches per game is 10th best in my database, and of the nine guys ahead of him, none has topped the 15 yards/reception level like Lee has in 2012.
In my ALL TIME receiver grades, Lee would rank 4th highest if he were eligible for the 2013 Draft. Who is ahead of him? Some guys you may have heard of named Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Need I say more? Watch the tape and brace yourselves for Lee to catch 3 TDs against Georgia Tech, completing his trifecta of Pac-12 records.
(Reportedly, Lee sustained an injury in bowl practice and is questionable for the game. Here’s hoping he plays.)