The recognition just keeps piling up for Lee, as he was named the first ever Trojan Biletnikoff Award winner last week, and also a Walter Camp All-American at that time.
Stanford TE Zach Ertz, Utah DT Star Lotulelei, and Oregon State CB Jordan Poyner join Lee as first team AP All-Americans from the Pac-12.
Running backs Kenjon Barner and Johnathan Franklin of Oregon and UCLA respectively earned offensive second team honors, and Bruin LB Anthony Barr was named to the defensive second team as well.
Marqise Lee has had an incredible year for USC, setting a Pac-12 record for receptions in a season with 112, and surpassing fellow Trojan WR Robert Woods’ previous record (111) in his effort. He averaged 215.7 all-purpose yards, good enough for third in the nation. In total, he torched teamed for 1680 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His efforts all year were surely a bright spot in the Trojans’ disappointing 2012 season.
As Lee is a sophomore, he will be returning to USC in 2013 and will be the leader of the Trojans’ young wide receiver corps. With the news of Tennessee Volunteers Job”>Coach Tee Martin declining a job offer with Tennessee also breaking Tuesday morning, this coach and player duo are poised to go on a Heisman trophy run next season.
For a complete look at the 2012 AP All-American Team, click here.