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USC Football: Marqise Lee Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year

USC sophomore wide receiver and Heisman candidate Marqise Lee was selected as the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Year for the 2012 season.

Lee set school records and Pac-12 records for receptions and receiving yards in a season, with his 112 catches and 1,680 yards, good for first and second in the nation in their respective categories. The 112 catches by Lee were just one more than teammate Robert Woods had in 2011 when he broke a record set by Keyshawn Johnson back in 1995, when ironically enough, he was selected as the Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Marqise Lee is the 10th Trojan to ever with the award since the honor the conference began awarding players in 1975, and the fifth to win it outright since the award was split into two awards for offense and defense back in the early 1980s. Matt Leinart and Reggie were both two-time offensive winners for Troy, as they shared the award in 2004 and won it outright in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

In 2011, Lee was a Co-Offensive Freshman Player of the Year with Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, an award that Robert Woods won outright in 2010.

Lee also made the Pac-12’s All-Conference First Team, where he was on the only unanimous selection from the voters. Other candidates for the Offensive Player of the Year Award included quarterback Marcus Mariota out of Oregon, and running backs Ka’Deem Carey(Arizona), Johnathan Franklin(UCLA) and Kenjon Barner(Oregon).

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