This season is turning out to be a big test for USC junior WR Marqise Lee. The game is not coming to him as easily as it did in his first two seasons. He has battled injuries and had to help break in an inexperienced quarterback early in the season.

It has been a difficult stretch, but he's passing that test. I'm even more impressed by Lee's intangibles than I was heading into the season and I think he's going to be no less than the second-highest-rated receiver on most draft boards if he decides to declare for the draft after this season.

His numbers are not as good as they were last season, when he won the Biletnikoff Award, but I think every aspect of his game is coming along.

I wanted to see better focus out of him this season. He spent too much time last season pleading with officials for calls instead of focusing on things he could control. I've asked around the USC program, and there hasn't been any of that this year. He's also showing excellent toughness this season. The shin injury he suffered vs. Stanford was supposed to keep him out of the game, but he went back in and made a key fourth-down catch in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. When he injured his knee earlier in the season, he could have shut it down, but he didn't, and when he returned after aggravating the injury against Utah, he lit up Oregon State for five catches, 105 yards and a touchdown in a USC victory.