Marqise Lee Adds to Heisman Resume

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Wide receiver Marqise Lee #9 of the USC Trojans carries the ball on an 80 yard touchdown pass play in front of safety Keelan Johnson #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 10, 2012  in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Marqise Lee is having quite the season. In fact, some might say it's Heisman-worthy. Lee has 1,446 receiving yards thus far and 13 touchdowns. Pretty remarkable. 

Yet Lee has been on an absolute tear the past few weeks. There are plenty of worthy Hesiman candidates, and Lee continues to add to his resume. In the last three weeks, Lee has caught 38 passes for 663 yards and five touchdowns. That's a little over 17 yards per catch.

His performance in USC's most recent 38-17 win over Arizona State is just another point on his resume. He caught 10 balls for 161 yards and one score. Additionally, he rushed for 66 yards.

Another feather in his cap is the fact that he is 10th in the nation in kick-return average. He's first in the nation in all-purpose yards. Lee is ranked No. 1 in receptions, No. 2 in receiving yards, No. 3 in receiving touchdowns, No. 2 in receptions per game and No. 2 in yards per game. No one can match that.

Lee isn't often mentioned amongst Heisman favorites, so it's not a surprise that USC launched a campaign to get him more attention. The wideout has been remarkably consistent, with only one bad game this year, against Washington.

There are few people as versatile and as important to their team's success as Lee is, and he's a mortal lock to be a first-round pick when he enters the draft. But right now we should be thinking of him as a Heisman candidate. He puts up huge numbers week in and week out, and does so as a receiver and as a returner.

He may not win, but Lee has to be in the Heisman conversation. He consistently puts up huge numbers and is a threat to score on every play. With only a few games left, it's time for Lee to get some Heisman love.