How does nation's best get better?

It's hard to get better when you're already considered the nation's best... but that's exactly what USC receiver Marqise Lee plans to do in 2013 and it starts with summer workouts.

By now you've probably seen the photos.

You know, the ones of Marqise Lee running around on day one of USC's summer throwing sessions?

It's easy to see, the junior receiver is probably in the best shape of his life coming off the Trojans track season and a football season in which he won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award.

In fact Lee is in such phenomenal shape that after Tuesday morning's lifting, conditioning, and throwing session, he said his legs felt like he "hadn't done nothing."

So how does Lee continue to get better in 2013?

"Just typical route running," he said after Tuesday's throwing session. "Just that extra energy in case of when I get tired."

Lee recalled a few times during the Trojans' 2012 season when head coach Lane Kiffin had to take him off the field because he got tired, but Lee says 2013 will be a different situation.

"This season, I'm staying in," he said. "I'm just going to be working through it and being able to do ten to 15 plays without needing a break."

Lee says the absence of quarterback Matt Barkley was felt during the Trojans first summer practice because "Matt was a great player." However, he did say both Max Browne and Cody Kessler are doing well -- noting that Kessler didn't need any assistance rounding up the teammates and leading the voluntary session. (Max Wittek was unable to participate as he continues to recover from mono).

"Cody gets everything on point," Lee said. "He handles everything well."

Trojan receiver Robert Woods departed early for the NFL, but according to Lee, sophomore Nelson Agholor is stepping up to fill the role.

"Nelson is coming in, talks," Lee said. "He gets everyone into it, including myself. He's a great leader."

The Trojans are schedule to hold another voluntary throwing session Friday morning.

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