Marqise Lee caught a nation-leading 112 passes this season, which helped the USC sophomore become an All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
On Wednesday, Lee was en route to an awards show in Florida and quarterback Matt Barkley was returning from a New York awards ceremony, so both were absent when the Trojans practiced for the first time in preparation for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.
But Coach Lane Kiffin fielded questions about comments Barkley made this week regarding USC's offense and its reliance on Lee. On Monday, during a radio and television interview on the "Dan Patrick Show," Barkley said Lee was special, that he did a great job for the Trojans, and that he was at times unstoppable.
"I think at times, though, I think we focused too much on him as a team and we took away from other great playmakers like Robert Woods and our tight ends who are phenomenal players, to where defenses saw that and just kind of overcrowded Marqise," Barkley said...