The 2012 season for USC did not go quite as planned, but Marqise Lee individually had a pretty solid season. As a sophomore, Lee caught 118 passes for 1721 yards and 14 touchdowns. With recent winners such as Michael Crabtree and Justin Blackmon winning the award two seasons in a row, can Lee do the same?
As one might expect, the biggest obstacle standing in Lee’s way is that he will have a new quarterback throwing him passes. Max Wittek, Cody Kessler and Max Browne could all be throwing passes to Lee at some point this season, as USC looks to find its next dependable quarterback. However, thanks to a lack of other receiving talent, all three will be targeting Lee early and often.
The biggest challengers to Lee across the country include Amari Cooper of Alabama, Sammy Watkins of Clemson, Mike Evans of Texas A&M and Josh Stewart of Oklahoma State just to name a few. All will have a solid opportunity to supplant Lee as the nation’s top receiver, but they all have more competition taking away touches.
Barring an injury, expect Lee to be the third repeat Biletnikoff Award winner in seven seasons. He will be one of the top choices in next year’s NFL draft and has the potential to be a value pick in fantasy football drafts in 2014, unless of course he looks to possibly win this award for a third time.
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