Tirebiter’s Morning Byte: Marqise Lee’s NFL Future and Other Links

2014 NFL Draft: Pre-Season Break Down Of Marqise Lee
(Peter Smith | With the First Pick )

In many ways, Lee is an even more impressive version of the former Seminole and Cincinnati Bengal, Peter Warrick. It would be a mistake to assume this is a dig at Lee. When Warrick was coming out of Florida State, he was an open field nightmare who had incredible quickness and could make plays all over the field. Lee is faster and more dangerous than Warrick was coming out and he should have a more promising career arc, but Warrick was the 4th overall pick in 2000 for a reason and did find success in the NFL; just not enough of it. Lee could be everything people hoped Warrick could be when he was drafted and because he has more physical gifts than Warrick did, he could end up pulling it off and being the franchise player Warrick was not.

Will USC, UCLA and ND Schedule FCS Schools?
(Lisa Horne| Bleacher Report)

Prior to the 2011 season, the then-Pac-10 had no conference championship game. It made sense to bolster a team’s strength of schedule by playing all FBS teams. But one only has to look at the Big 12 to see that a conference without a championship game is still scheduling FCSteams. And nobody cares. Seven consecutive BCS Championships have been won by Southeastern Conference teams. Almost every one of those teams also had an FCS team on its schedule the year it won the BCS—LSU’s 2007 schedule was the exception.

Pac-12 Players To Watch In 2013
(Sports Illustrated)

Lee followed up a breakout year in 2011 with an even better 2012, catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Those totals ranked first, second and third in the NCAA, respectively. Lee was also a dangerous kick returner, leading the Pac-12 with 856 kick return yards — including an 100-yarder for a touchdown against Hawaii in last year’s season opener.


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