2013 Pac-12 Media Day Preview: USC
Lane Kiffin, 4th Year (25-13, 32-19 Career)
Only College Football Hall of Famers Howard Jones and John Robinson had more victories in their first two years as a Trojan head coach, with each posting 19 wins...2012 marked Kiffin’s third year heading the Trojan’s program as the team collected a 7-6 record on the year and an appearance in the Sun Bowl...In 2011, led USC to a 10-2 overall record, a first-place finish in the Pac-12 South Division at 7-2 and a No. 6 AP ranking, which was the team’s highest finish since 2008...In his first year guiding USC, led Troy to an 8-5 overall record and a third-place tie in the Pac-10 at 5-4...Became the first USC head coach to begin his Trojan career with a 4-0 mark...Was the head coach of the NFL’s Raiders for two years (2007-08), where at age 31 he was the youngest head coach in the NFL’s modern era...Spent six seasons (2001-2006) as an assistant at USC under Pete Carroll.
Marqise Lee, WR, 6-0, 195, JR
Established new Pac-12 single-season records for receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,721) and hauled in 14 touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2012…His 118 receptions were the most in the FBS, and his 1,721 receiving yards ranked second in the nation…Caught 10 or more passes in eight games and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver…Racked up 206.4 all-purpose yards per game, a total that led the Conference and ranked third in the FBS…Led the league in kick return yardage, averaging 28.5 yards per return…Was the Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2011 after logging 73 receptions for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns (the most in the nation among freshmen).
Hayes Pullard, LB, 6-1, 230, RS JR
The Trojans second-leading tackler (107) in 2012 will be a three-year starter as a redshirt junior in 2013...Registered eight tackles for loss (26 yards), two sacks and returned an interception for a 27 yard touchdown in 2012...16 tackles against Georgia Tech was the most by a Trojan since Troy Polamalu had 20 against Utah in 2001...In redshirt freshman season in 2011, tied for team-lead for most tackles (81) with fellow freshman Dion Bailey, making USC history as the only first-year players to lead a team in tackles...Recorded 6.5 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two deflections and two forced fumbles...Named an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2011 and 2012...Won USC’s 2011 Bob Chandler Award.