Marqise Lee missed his third game of the year on Saturday, as he remained in Los Angeles while USC got a 47-29 win over the Colorado Buffaloes. Lee didn’t make the trip in hopes of resting his leg for this upcoming week’s game against the UCLA Bruins. On Sunday night, interim head coach Ed Orgeron echoed the sentiments and assured the media that his star receiver would indeed be on the field.
Orgeron said Marqise Lee will be limited in practice this week “but I’m sure he’s going to play” against UCLA
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) November 25, 2013
Without Lee in lineup on Saturday, USC relied on Nelson Agholor, Darreus Rogers and Xavier Grimble to produce as pass catchers. Grimble had a career-high six receptions, while Rogers and Agholor combined for a half dozen of their own.
Against Cal two weeks ago, Lee was used sparingly to rest up for Stanford, which worked out in USC’s favor. Lee had his best game of the year against Stanford, highlighted by catching Cody Kessler’s pass on 4th and 2.
Lee currently has 44 catches on the season and is behind Agholor for the team lead. For his USC career, Lee’s totaled 235 receptions, which puts him 17 catches shy of Robert Woods for the school record. With only two games remaining –UCLA and the bowl game– plus the strong likelihood that Lee will forgo his senior season, there’s a good chance that Woods will ultimately retain the record.
In two games vs. UCLA, Lee has 22 catches for 382 yards and three touchdowns.