Marqise Lee may play defense

Updated: November 8, 2012, 7:06 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC receiver Marqise Lee has been one of the most talked-about players in college football the past few weeks.

He might get even more popular after Saturday. Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday that Lee might get a look on defense against Arizona State this weekend.

"We've looked at some defensive situations for the first time this week with him out there," Kiffin said. "That may present itself Saturday."

Kiffin did not specify the position that Lee could play at, but Lee has previously petitioned his coach to play corner. Kiffin also has praised Lee's corner skills, saying last month he'd be a "first-round corner if he wanted to play on defense."

Lee also was primarily recruited as a safety out of Gardena Serra High School in the Class of 2011. He was a receiver for only one season of high school football.

Kiffin declined to get into "too many specifics" on potential Lee usage, but said he and his staff have examined "different situations of putting him over there to help us out."

USC also started an official Heisman campaign for Lee this week, releasing a two-minute video promoting him for that and other awards Wednesday.

Lee, a sophomore receiver, leads the country in all-purpose yards and receptions and is second in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns.

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