Marqise Lee may have had the best season any receiver ever had in 2012 and the scary part was that he was only a sophomore and will be coming back in 2013. Lee may have lost his dynamic number two man in Robert Woods and his quarterback in Matt Barkley, but regardless, one has to think that Lee expects to even out-produce the crazy numbers he put up in 2012 and put together an even better season.
But, what are some of the other best recent seasons by Pac-12 receivers will he have to compete with?
1. Marqise Lee So. USC 2012
The aforementioned season last year where Lee torched everyone and rewrote the Pac-12 record book. Lee had some outrageous games and ended up with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns while scaring the hell out of every defensive back and defensive coordinator in the conference.
2. Robert Woods So. USC 2011
It was incredible that Woods' teammate Lee topped his amazing 2011 in just one year because Woods was astounding in 2011 with 111 receptions for 1,292 yards for 15 touchdowns. Teamed with Lee as a freshman and with Barkley having the best year of his USC career, was the perfect recipe for Woods in 2011.
3. Mike Williams So. USC 2003
There was a time when it seemed like every good receiver in the conference was a 6'4/5 guy named Williams and Mike was the best of the bunch. Williams out jumped and utilized an on fire Norm Chow to 95 receptions for 1,314 yards and 16 touchdowns back when underclassmen receivers putting up numbers was like that was far from the norm while helping USC get to a national title.
4. Dwayne Jarrett So. USC 2005
So I guess the recipe here is that it is best to be a stud sophomore receiver at USC. Jarrett slid in as the dominant, tall receiver after Williams took off and immediately filled his shoes. Jarrett had 91 receptions for 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns while helping USC get to the national title game.
5. Geoff McArthur Sr. Cal 2003
McArthur was practically unknown when he had a blow out season in 2003 and unfortunately since the Bears were just crawling back to relevancy back then, most people didn't even notice. McArthur had 85 receptions for 1,504 yards and 10 touchdowns and was a big part of how the Bears started to become a legitimate Pac-10 team again.
6. Marquess Wilson So. Washington State 2011
Wilson's sophomore season has been one of the long bright spots in recent Cougar football history. The tall, explosive receiver racked up huge numbers in 2011 and helped add some danger to the Washington State offense. Wilson finished the season with 82 receptions for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.
7. Derek Hagan Sr. Arizona State 2004
Hagan was quietly one of the best receivers in the Pac-10 year in and year out during the mid-2000s and had his best season as a senior in 2004. Hagan was the leading receiver in the conference and finished the season with 83 receptions for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns.
8. Mike Hass Sr. Oregon State 2005
Probably the best walk-on receiver in the history of the conference, Hass blew up as a senior to the tune of 90 receptions for 1,532 yards and six touchdowns. Hass wasn't an explosive receiver, but was as steady and consistent of a receiver as the conference has ever seen.
9. Austin Hill So. Arizona 2012
Another one of those big quiet seasons, I don't think many realized just how prolific Hill was last seasons, especially because of the huge shadow cast by Lee. Hill was deadly in Rich Rodriguez' high-speed offense as he finished with 81 receptions for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns.
10. Juron Criner Jr. Arizona 2010
One of the strongest receivers to ever play in the Pac-10, Criner was Nick Foles' favorite target and put up huge numbers in 2010, finishing with 82 receptions for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Keenan Allen So. Cal 2011, Marqise Lee Fr. USC 2011, Jeff Maehl Sr. Oregon 2010, Gerell Robinson Sr. Arizona State 2011, Markus Wheaton Sr. Oregon State 2012