Junior USC wide receiver Marqise Lee missed his second game of the season on Saturday, when he sat out of the Trojans’ 19-3 win over the Utah Utes. On Monday, head coach Ed Orgeron asserted that Lee is questionable for Friday night’s trip to Corvallis, where USC will square off against the 6-2 Oregon State Beavers.
Lee injured his knee on a late game punt return against Arizona State back on September 28th, and has only played one half of football since then. Against Notre Dame on October 19th, Lee re-aggravated his knee sprain and was removed, a likely sign that he wasn’t ready to return in the first place.
Since the initial injury, Lee’s status has varied from doubtful, to day-to-day to questionable and this week looks to be much of the same.
Before the Utah game on Saturday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Lee hoped to return this week for the Beavers, and if not, would “for sure” be ready to go next Saturday at Cal.
In Lee’s absence on Saturday, Nelson Agholor played despite not being remotely close to 100 percent, and led the Trojans with six catches for 97 yards. His 30-yard touchdown catch from Cody Kessler was the only touchdown for either team. Agholor did not practice on Monday.
Along with Lee in the “questionable” camp for the Trojans, are tight ends Xavier Grimble and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, along with Su’a Cravens and Marquis Simmons.