On August 20, 2013 Marqise Lee stated to the press that his injured shoulder is officially “100 percent.” “It was Lane Kiffin’s idea for Lee to wear the yellow non contact jersey during practice.” That’s great news for the USC program and the PAC 12 as a whole.
In what is undoubtedly Marqise Lee’s last season, the Biletnikoff Award winner is trying to hold on to the title as the best receiver in college football. More importantly, for USC to get back to its winning ways, Lee must display his skills on a nightly basis. Will there be a drop off in production in 2013? Only time will tell, but USC will be ushering in a new quarterback after the departure of Matt Barkley.
Right now, the two quarterback choices for Lane Kiffin are Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. It should be noted that Kessler has been receiving the majority of first string snaps recently. One has to wonder if this battle will continue into the season. If the named starter struggles early, USC will have a capable backup ready to go.
Marqise Lee is happy not to be the coach of the team. While being on the field with the two young quarterbacks, Lee can’t make a decision on who should be the starter. He said “one week I’ll be like, oh yeah, Cody did a great job.” “Next day, Max comes out and does a great job.”
As for the injury in the beginning of August, Lee told the Los Angeles Times, that “he was scared for a moment.” He should be ready to go in eight days when USC travels to Hawaii for their first game. Let the Heisman campaign begin.