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USC WR Marqise Lee wants to play cornerback too

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10:38 PM ET 10.05 | Marqise Lee has been an incredible offensive weapon for the USC Trojans, as the sophomore already has an NCAA-best 52 receptions on the season, and is on pace to shatter the Pac-12 record that Robert Woods set a year ago. But, according to Lane Kiffin, Lee told him on the team flight from Salt Lake City that he wanted to play defense, while not missing any time on offense. Even with the immense value that Lee offers as a receiver, it has to be tempting for Kiffin, as Lee was a highly touted defensive back in high school.

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October 5, 2012  11:06 PM ET

Think Twice, Bro.

October 5, 2012  11:23 PM ET

I say let him do it! Especially during the Oregon game.

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October 6, 2012  12:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Have to admit... THAT could be interesting. LOL

He'd be scary in pass coverage, Oregon hasn't been passing down field much yet but he could be a pick 6 threat from anywhere. I wouldn't mind him getting a little winded on D though..; )

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October 6, 2012  06:05 AM ET

It could work on passing down. Why not give it a try, especially when he was a highly touted corner.

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October 6, 2012  09:32 AM ET

A throwback guy. I say let him. Let a lot of 'em play both ways. Strategically rest them at times.

October 6, 2012  09:32 AM ET

...and I call bull<hit...frickin' mods leave spam up but won't let 0-6 post some mighty fine art work!

October 6, 2012  09:59 AM ET

IMO, It's a bad idea to allow Lee to play defense. He is too valuable of a player on offense to risk an inujury playing defense.

October 6, 2012  10:00 AM ET

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October 6, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

IMO, It's a bad idea to allow Lee to play defense. He is too valuable of a player on offense to risk an *inujury playing defense.

*injury

October 6, 2012  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

IMO, It's a bad idea to allow Lee to play defense. He is too valuable of a player on offense to risk an inujury playing defense.

I can't believe an old school guy like you said this.

Injury is more likely getting hit that hitting.

October 6, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I can't believe an old school guy like you said this.Injury is more likely getting hit that hitting.

I agree, but USC has depth issues and can't afford to lose Lee. IMO too much of a gamble for Lee to play on both sides of the ball.

 
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