After being named the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner, an honor given to the nation's top receiver, the junior had lofty expectations placed on him coming into 2013. A repeat Biletnikoff performance? Possibly even a Heisman candidate?
Through nine games, neither of those awards are within the grasp of the Trojan junior. It's been an injury plagued season for Lee, who was sidelined against Arizona and again against Utah with an ailing knee sprain. In the six games he started prior to Friday night at Oregon State, he hasn't looked himself. A step ahead, a beat behind, he'd been dropping passes left and right from quarterback Cody Kessler; he only had one touchdown to his name.
But Lee returned on Friday night, as did his Trojans team who looked like squads of years past.
On USC's first offensive series, it only took one play for Lee to make his statement.
Kessler dropped back and let the ball go, 71 yards to Lee who left his Oregon State coverage behind.
It was the Trojans second longest play of the season and it only took 13 seconds for seven points to go up on the board. It took less time for Reser Stadium to see Lee was back.
With the Trojans up ten points in the second half, Lee nearly sold what looked to be an impossible catch, but an official review reversed the play on the field. It was a telling moment where this Trojan team finally is, ahead ten but clawing for more. After the call was reversed, Lee cracked as big of a smile he's shown all season, winking twice at his teammates, most certainly thinking he almost got away with a good one.
He finished with five catches for 105 yards, including the 71-yard touchdown in the Trojans 31-14 winning effort.