USC Trojans: Biletnikoff Award

Lee returns home from Biletnikoff win

December, 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Marqise Lee got back to the USC campus from a midweek trip to Disney World just as the final few Trojans were walking off the practice field Friday morning.

The first person he saw was coach Lane Kiffin, who immediately cracked a joke that Lee was too big a star to attend practice now. Lee, wearing sweatpants and a white V-neck -- in stark contrast to the suit he sported on ESPN some 18 hours earlier -- gave Kiffin a military-style salute and laughed it off.

Lee received the Biletnikoff Award, honoring the nation's top receiver, on Thursday night in Orlando, Fla. He admitted he got nervous during the trophy presentation -- an unusual state for him.

"My heart was beating so fast," he said. "Once they said the Biletnikoff was next, I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' My heart was racing.

"Once I won, all my teammates came to mind, from Robert (Woods) to (Matt) Barkley to the linemen especially."

Lee, 21, won the trophy after a 112-catch, 1,680-yard, 14-touchdown sophomore season. All that, after he wasn't even on the initial watch list for the award released over the summer.

Lee said he used that as motivation.

"I think it shows what a dominant season he had, to go from not being on that list to winning it," Kiffin said earlier Friday. "You better really win that award to come from that far behind."

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