While Johnny Manziel (deservedly) got most of the afternoon headlines, another college football underclassmen had himself one heck of a game.
Marqise Lee did it all for the Trojans on Saturday. The sophomore Heisman candidate caught 10 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, ran the ball six times for 66 yards and played some defense — helping out a depleted USC secondary by playing free safety. Lee had just four carries going into the game, but flashed some impressive skills both out of the wildcat and on reverse runs. Lee showed off why he’s so dangerous after the catch with his cut back ability and his change of direction.
It seems dangerous to allow your best offensive player to play defense and risk carrying the ball out of the backfield, but Lee seems almost superhuman in his young college career. Lee’s not even eligble for the NFL after this season, and he’s already breaking records. Through ten games, Lee has 1,447 yards on 98 receptions, with 13 touchdowns. He’s also rushed the ball ten times for 110 yards.
Watch Lee’s impressive 38-yard reverse run in the video below.