1.Hope you read Kevin Gemmell's piece on USC junior wideout Marqise Lee, who, like most receivers, can be only as effective as the quarterback delivering him the ball. If you don’t believe me, ask the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald. We got a preview last season. In Matt Barkley’s 10 games, Lee caught 107 passes for 1,605 yards and 14 touchdowns. In the two starts Max Wittek made in place of the injured Barkley, Lee caught 11 passes for 116 yards and no touchdowns.
2.The labor agreement between the NFL and its players union stipulates that no one may play in the league until he has been out of high school for three years. That may not be fair to guys like Lee. A basketball player with his talent would have been in the NBA draft last year, after his freshman season. But as a college football fan, I’m thrilled with the rule. College football is thriving. College basketball suffers because of the one-and-dones. How cool would it be if Kentucky were trying to repeat?
3.As Texas joins the swelling ranks of no-huddle, uptempo offenses, it is worth noting that of the five SEC teams that finished in the final top 10 last season, four of them finished ninth or lower in the conference for offensive snaps per game. No. 7 Stanford ranked 10th in the Pac-12. Huddle-up offenses and tough defenses may be old-fashioned, but that’s what a lot of winning teams still play.