Marqise Lee is everything a team would want in a wide receiver. Standing at 6’1” and weighing just shy of 200 pounds, he has good size. His speed and ability to make defenders miss in the open field are off the charts.
He has great hands, the ability to create space for himself and is as dangerous after the catch as anyone in the nation.
The Trojans are at its best when the ball is in his hands, and their use of Lee on special teams attests to that. He is a rare sort of player who has the ability to score every time he touches the ball.
Unfortunately, the only real weaknesses for Lee are outside his control.
For one, wide receivers have historically found difficulty in collecting the necessary national support for a run at the Heisman (just ask Larry Fitzgerald) because of how few touches they receive.
Heisman Trophy recipients are expected to influence the outcome of each and every game. If he hopes to contend for the award, Lee cannot afford outings like he had against Washington in 2012 when he recorded two receptions for 32 yards. He has to find a way to get his hands on the ball more often, or else he will be lost among the quarterback candidates like many receivers before him.
And secondly, Lee’s chances for the Heisman will largely hang on the development of USC’s starting quarterback. Be it Max Wittek, Cody Kessler or Max Browne, whoever is delivering passes to Lee this fall will have little experience and may not provide the passes Lee needs to tally Heisman numbers.