Star USC receiver expects to play vs. Notre Dame

Star USC receiver expects to play vs. Notre Dame
October 15, 2013, 11:30 pm
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USC expects to have star receiver Marqise Lee back for Saturday's matchup against Notre Dame, three weeks after he suffered a knee injury against Arizona State.

"By Saturday I think I'll be 100 percent," Lee said after practice Tuesday.

Lee suffered a knee injury in USC's Sept. 28 loss at Arizona State -- Lane Kiffin's final game as coach of the Trojans -- and missed his team's Oct. 10 win over Arizona. On the season, Lee has 30 catches for 385 yards but just one touchdown.

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he and Bob Diaco's defensive gameplan won't change depending on Lee's status -- mainly because he figured Lee would play on Saturday.

"There will be times where you've got to think about double coverage," Kelly said. "You've got to think about special coverages for him. So all that has to be part of your thought process. So we move forward thinking that he's going to be in the lineup."

We won't know if this'll change under Ed Orgeron, but it's worth noting that receiver Nelson Agholor's best game came against Arizona -- without Lee taking targets away from him. The explosive Agholor reeled in seven passes for 161 yards, after having 11 catches for 192 yards in his previous five games with Lee in the lineup.