Monday, October 29, 2012
Lee named Pac-12 player of the week
By Pedro Moura
USC Trojans receiver Marqise Lee was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week Monday, following his conference-record 345-yard effort in the Trojans' 39-36 loss to the Arizona Wildcats over the weekend.
Lee recorded 16 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns, with 255 yards in the first half alone. He shattered the school's 260-yard all-time receiving record and came within one grab of tying Robert Woods' single-game mark of 17 catches.
The receiving yards were fifth-most in NCAA history, and Lee's 469 all-purpose yards -- including kick returns -- represented the second-best ever. Through eight games this season, Lee has 76 receptions for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Counting a potential conference championship game and bowl appearance, Lee is on pace to finish the season with 133 catches, 1,976 yards and 18 touchdowns, which would smash the current Pac-12 marks: Robert Woods' 111 catches (USC, 2011); Mike Hass' 1,532 yards (Oregon State, 2005); and Dwayne Jarrett's 16 TDs (USC, 2005).
The honor was his second such award this season. He was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week after he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown in the season opener.
The other conference honorees for the week were Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers and Utah kick returner Reggie Dunn. (Flowers forced three turnovers to lead the Wildcats to their upset of USC on Saturday.)
Two other Trojans were nominated for Pac-12 recognition this week: safety T.J. McDonald and punter Kyle Negrete.