USC All-American receiver Marqise Lee practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering a knee injury more than two weeks ago and said he would be ready to play Saturday against Notre Dame. "I'm coming around pretty good" said Lee who participated in most of the 21/2-hour workout. "By Saturday I think I'll be 100%." On Monday interim Coach Ed Orgeron had listed Lee as questionable. Now? "We'll see" Orgeron said. "I didn't know he was going to come out and do the things that he did. Obviously he looked a little bit better." Lee sounded eager to return to Notre Dame Stadium where he caught two passes for 36 yards as a freshman in 2011. The Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish 31-17. "I could have done better" he said "and this is my opportunity to actually get it done." Last season Lee caught a school-record 118 passes 14 for touchdowns. In five games this season he has 30 receptions and only one touchdown. He said he "could have done better" catching balls he has dropped. "The game's not easy for me" he said. "It's not like a team is [playing man to man] and you've just got single coverage. It's double teams you've got to beat defenses. It's kind of a struggle." But with Nelson Agholor having stepped up against Arizona and other receivers expected to do the same as the season progresses Lee said he was not worried and would continue to work. Lee initially envisioned the worst-case scenario when he injured his left knee returning a punt in the Trojans' 62-41 loss at Arizona State on Sept. 28. "I was scared" he said. The injury was later diagnosed as a knee sprain. Lee has remained in contact with former coach Lane Kiffin who was fired after the loss at Arizona State. "He still checks up on me here and there" Lee said. "He still supports me 100%."
USC's Marqise Lee practices, plans to play at Notre Dame
Los Angeles Times | Oct 17