Marqise Lee Wins Biletnikoff Award
USC sophomore Marqise Lee was named the winner of the 2012 Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top receiver.
He also was named to the Walter Camp All-American first team. He previously made the first teams by American Football Coaches Association, CBSSports.com and FOXSportsNext.com.
Lee is USC’s first recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually since 1994 by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, and just the third winner from the Pac-12. He is also only the fifth sophomore winner.
He will receive the Biletnikoff trophy at the 19th annual Biletnikoff Award Banquet at the University Center at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2013. Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Larry Csonka will deliver the keynote address.
The award is named after Fred Biletnikoff, the former Florida State All-American who was an All-Pro and Super Bowl MVP with the Oakland Raiders. A member of the College Football and NFL Halls of Fame, he set Raiders team career records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Lee, an All-American first teamer and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year who is also a finalist for the Hornung and Walter Camp Awards, set Pac-12 season records in 2012 for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,680). He currently leads the nation in receptions and the Pac-12 in receiving yards, all-purpose yards and kickoff returns. He has scored 15 touchdowns in 2012, including 14 on receptions.
He set or tied 12 USC individual records in 2012. He is averaging 17.0 yards every time he touches the ball in 2012. The average length of his 15 TDs in 2012 is 40.8 yards. He has had 16 plays of 40-plus yards in 2012 (including 11 of 50-plus yards and 7 of 70-plus yards). More than half of his 2012 receptions (61 of 112, 54.5%) have been for first downs. He had a 3-game stretch in 2012 (Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State) with 663 receiving yards that is the most prolific in USC history (he had other 3-game stretches with 608 and 605 receiving yards).
He is seventh on USC’s career pass catching list (185 receptions) and eighth on USC’s career kickoff return list (1,087 yards). His 2,823 career receiving yards are USC records for most in freshman and sophomore seasons and over 2 consecutive seasons, and are seventh most in USC history. His 25 career TD catches is fourth most at USC. He has 12 career 100-yard receiving games (with a school-record tying twice with 200 yards), including 8 in 2012. He has a school-record 8 career games with double digit receptions (including a school-record 7 in 2012) and 6 career contests with multiple TDs. He has had at least 8 receptions in 14 games in his career, including 9 in a row at one point (last 4 of 2011, first 5 of 2012).