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08:17 AM ET 10.08 | Marqise Lee's moonlighting dreams are probably over before they can begin. [Lee] can beg and plead all he wants, but it is unlikely USC's talented receiver will see any action at cornerback. No matter how much he lobbies for the chance at the defensive job. Coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday that Lee is too valuable on offense to switch him to a defensive role. Lee caught 12 passes for 192 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown, in the victory at Utah on Thursday. Through five games, Lee has 52 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns and is averaging 129.8 yards a game. "We have discussed it," Kiffin said of the cornerback position after a boisterous two-hour practice.

The Orange County Register

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October 8, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Given that the scholarship restrictions will eventually cause depth problems on the team, maybe it'd be a good idea if Kiffin decides to teach two-way football to the players he has!

October 8, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Kiffen = party pooper

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October 8, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Who cares...LUS lost to UF...#4 and rising...go Gators!!

Oh yeah, the polls will definitely be changing in the next few weeks. There are still some big games coming up. USC/Oregon, USC/ND, LSU/South Carolina, LSU/Bama, Florida/South Carolina and Georgia/Florida.

October 8, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Like I said a few days ago, IMO USC has too much of a depth issue to take a chance on playing Lee on both sides of the ball.

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October 8, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Elaborate, please, OT. Are the Trojans thin or flush at CB and/or WR? Could M. Lee make a real contribution on both sides of the ball? And is he a good enough athlete (a la Neon Dion) to do it?

GTH, we will never know for sure if Lee is a good of an athlete to play both sides of the ball, unless LK allows it. I'm just saying that IMO, Lee is too good of a athlete and USC needs him on the offensive side of ball. Too much of a risk to allow him to play defense. Again, just my opinion!!!

October 8, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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GTH, we will never know for sure if Lee is a good of an athlete to play both sides of the ball, unless LK allows it. I'm just saying that IMO, Lee is too good of a athlete and USC needs him on the offensive side of ball. Too much of a risk to allow him to play defense. Again, just my opinion!!!

Also to answer your question "Are the Trojans thin or flush at CB and/or WR?". Yes I think they are thin at the WRs position, Woods still is nursing some minor injuries.

October 8, 2012  10:55 AM ET

USC-ND, November 24 in LA!!
Can't wait, it will be a game worth watching!
Lee can play O and D and Special Teams, waterboy and trainer, it won't matter.
The Trojans are going down on 11/24, big time, and Bradley is going down many times during the game!

October 8, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

USC-ND, November 24 in LA!!Can't wait, it will be a game worth watching!Lee can play O and D and Special Teams, waterboy and trainer, it won't matter. The Trojans are going down on 11/24, big time, and Bradley is going down many times during the game!

LOL, who is "Bradley"?????

October 8, 2012  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

GTH, we will never know for sure if Lee is a good of an athlete to play both sides of the ball, unless LK allows it. I'm just saying that IMO, Lee is too good of a athlete and USC needs him on the offensive side of ball. Too much of a risk to allow him to play defense. Again, just my opinion!!!

Definitely more depth at WR than CB. Lane is right though, Marqius is way too valuable to take a chance. Scary thing is, he was actually a better DB in HS, than he was a receiver. Who knows how it would have turned out if he stayed on D???

October 8, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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Definitely more depth at WR than CB. Lane is right though, Marqius is way too valuable to take a chance. Scary thing is, he was actually a better DB in HS, than he was a receiver. Who knows how it would have turned out if he stayed on D???

ICE, thanks for the info. I really didn't know for sure about USC's depth at CB.

October 8, 2012  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

ICE, thanks for the info. I really didn't know for sure about USC's depth at CB.

Our WR depth is actually really good. The kid Algahor looks like he can really play. Flourney and Blackwell have done some good things in spot time. Outside of Robey, the corners are having trouble. Hopefully somebody steps up.

October 8, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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USC-ND, November 24 in LA!!Can't wait, it will be a game worth watching!Lee can play O and D and Special Teams, waterboy and trainer, it won't matter. The Trojans are going down on 11/24, big time, and Bradley is going down many times during the game!

I REALLY hope you guys are unbeaten come Nov 24. Would love to watch it all come crashing down.

October 8, 2012  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I REALLY hope you guys are unbeaten come Nov 24. Would love to watch it all come crashing down.

You can only hope USC can win..

Both teams will have a lot to prove with this game.... Irish fans want that 12-0 season & SC wants to show the CF world they should still be a top 10 or top 5 team.

Still early in the season to worry about Nov.

GO IRISH!!

October 8, 2012  01:46 PM ET

...and everyone complains about boring ND writeups. Yawn.

 
October 8, 2012  01:47 PM ET
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LOL, who is "Bradley"?????

Exactly.

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