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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Marqise Lee named Walter Camp finalist

By Pedro Moura

USC Trojans receiver Marqise Lee was named one of five Walter Camp Award finalists on Wednesday, a good indicator of his Heisman Trophy candidacy but not a guarantee he'll get an invite to New York City.

The Camp Award honors the nation's top college football player, as voted by FBS head coaches and sports information directors.

Five players were selected as Camp finalists this year: Lee, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Of the five players named last year, four went on to become Heisman Trophy finalists. Houston quarterback Case Keenum was the only Camp finalist not invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony; Wisconsin running back Montee Ball took his place.

Lee, a 21-year-old sophomore, finished the 2012 regular season with 112 catches for 1,680 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns, plus a kickoff return for a touchdown.

He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on Monday and unanimously voted to the All-Pac-12 first team. He's also one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, honoring the country's top receiver.

Lee will attend that trophy presentation Dec. 6 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

This year's crop of Heisman finalists will be announced Monday.