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Heisman watch 2012: Marqise Lee sets Pac-12 receiving record in loss to UCLA

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Marquise Lee is on the outside looking in of the Heisman Trophy watch, according to ESPN.

Stephen Dunn

The USC Trojans have lost some big games recently but wide receiver Marqise Lee is never at fault. Lee is in the midst of one of the greatest seasons ever for a wide receiver and continued with that production in Saturday's loss to the UCLA Bruins with nine catches for 158 yards and a touchdown, setting the Pac-12 record for receiving yards in a season in the process.

Lee's performance this year has him in the Heisman race, but he is currently on the outside looking in, according to ESPN. An unofficial poll of ESPN analysts has Lee finishing sixth in the Heisman voting. The top vote-getter is Kansas St. Wildcats quarterback Colllin Klein, followed by Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner, Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Mani Te'o and Ohio St. Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller.

None of the players above Lee had standout games on Saturday, so maybe Lee can still find a way into an invite to the ceremony. He is certainly doing what he can on the field to earn it. Lee currently has 107 catches for 1,605 yards and 14 touchdowns. He leads the nation in catches and yards.