Marqise Lee named a semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

Stephen Dunn

Marqise Lee is a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, along with nine other receivers.

Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee has been named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award given annually to the nation's top receiver.

Lee has 98 receptions for 1,447 yards and 13 touchdowns this season for USC, including a season-high 16 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona on Oct. 27.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon won the award in 2010 and 2011, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Other winners of the award include: Goldent Tate (2009), Michael Crabtree (2007 and 2008), Calvin Johnson (2006) and Braylon Edwards (2004).

The three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 6 during ESPN's College Football Awards Show.

The semifinalists for the 2012 Biletnikoff Award in alphabetical order are:

Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
Austin Hill, Arizona
Deandre Hopkins, Clemson
Marqise Lee, Southern California
Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Terrance Williams, Baylor

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