Tirebiter’s Morning Byte: Marqise Lee for Heisman and Other Links


Is Marqise Lee or Sammy Watkins Best WR Threat to Win 2013 Heisman?(Randy Chambers | Bleacher Report )

"As for Lee, well, nobody can even name the USC starting quarterback, and once he’s announced, most of the college football world won’t know much about him. Lee is in a rare situation, as he doesn’t have a legitimate quarterback at the moment, and there certainly aren’t any with a big name. Unless a USC quarterback has a Johnny Manziel-type season, there is no chance at a Heisman, which plays into Lee’s favor. Without any type of buzz entering the season, this award is a mountain to climb."

Looking ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft(Kevin Gemmell | ESPN Pac-12 Blog )

"USC wide receiver Marqise Lee is the highest rated Pac-12 player, checking in at No. 3 behind No. 1 Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater. Kiper on Lee: “That USC had several good weapons in the passing game last season didn’t stop defenses from paying extra attention to Lee, but it didn’t matter. He has the ability to separate with speed and as an effective route-runner. He’s dropped a few easy ones, but makes most routine catches and can play bigger than his size. Dangerous after the catch. He’s also physical and could’ve been a top safety if he’d chosen that direction.”"

Father-daughter team aims to bring USC a national title in water polo(Diane Pucin | LA Times)

"Vavic, who has coached the USC men’s team to five straight NCAA titles, including last year when the Trojans were undefeated, is aiming for title No. 4 with the women this weekend. On Monday a Times photographer wanted Jovan and his daughter Monica, a USC sophomore who has scored 71 goals this season, to leave the pool and go over to the USC cinema building for some portrait photos. “No, here,” Jovan said on the pool deck as Monica tapped her foot. Jovan Vavic doesn’t lose many arguments but he capitulated when it was explained it would be a better picture because the pool was surrounded by construction. But Jovan had a parting shot to his 19-year-old daughter. “You’ll swim extra afterwards,” Jovan said. Even if she scowled at that “punishment,” one suspects Monica Vavic will always swim extra. Top-ranked USC (24-1) opens NCAA Championship play Friday at Harvard against eighth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer."

No. 1 USC One Stroke Back After NCAA West Regional First Round(USCTrojans.com)

"Freshman Annie Park fired a 4-under 67 to lead No. 1 USC to second place after the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championships West Regional at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C. on Thursday (May 9). USC, coming off a win at the Pac-12 Championships for its school-record tying fifth victory of the season, combined for a 6-over 290, one back of first-round leader Vanderbilt (289). The tightly bunched top 8 is rounded out by Purdue in third (291) and followed by Oregon (292), Baylor (295), Georgia and South Carolina (296) and California (297)."

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