November 10, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) moves the ball against the defense of Arizona State Sun Devils Alden Darby (4) during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football: WR Marqise Lee Wins Biletnikoff Award


Trojan Marqise Lee made perhaps the biggest catch of his career Thursday night when he received the Biletnikoff Award, a designation given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

Lee accepted his award on ESPN, as apart of the Home Depot College Football Awards program. He beat out West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey and Baylor’s Terrance Williams for this prestigious award.

Lee made his name known torching fields as a freshman in 2011, but he really wowed college football fans this 2012 season. He had 112 receptions this year, surpassing fellow Trojan Robert Woods (111) for the Pac-12 conference record, in addition to averaging 215.7 all purpose yards a game (third in the nation) while putting up 1680 total yards and 14 touchdowns.

His performance against Arizona, where he put the team on his back and gobbled up over 300 yards on his own was surely one of the finest efforts in a losing performance from this 2012 college football season.

The sophomore added a Walter Camp All-American selection to his honors on the night, joining Pac-12ers TE Zach Ertz (Stanford), RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon) and RB Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona) on the first-team offense. DT Star Lotulelei and CB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) also earned spots on the first-team defense.

Lee becomes the fifth sophomore to win the Biletnikoff Award, and the first Trojan ever to do so.

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