Marqise Lee Says USC Not Naming Starting Quarterback is 'Crazy'

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2013

Lane Kiffin might be content to wait until the last minute to name the starting quarterback at USC, but star receiver Marqise Lee isn't quite as patient as his head coach. 

The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner sounded off about the situation after the team's recent scrimmage to close out fall camp, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

Dude, this is crazy... I'm still waiting. I don't know when coach Kiffin is going to actually decide but I hope it's Friday because that's when we start our (preparation for Hawaii). At the end of the day, I guess I'll be rolling with both until Thursday depending on when he decides.

Kiffin has whittled the quarterback competition down to Max Wittek, who started the final regular season game against Notre Dame and the Sun Bowl last season, or sophomore Cody Kessler. 

Wittek completed 52 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and five interceptions in his limited action last season. Kessler only threw two passes last season, but is the favorite to win the job according to Markazi. 

As for Lee, he doesn't really have a preference between the two. He tells Markazi that, ""I have flaws with both Wittek and Kessler that I need to improve on," and that both are virtually even. 

A ringing endorsement from Lee would certainly go a long way in helping Kiffin decide who should take the role when the team opens up on the road against Hawaii on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Lee figures to be the focal point of the Trojans passing attack once again after putting up a mind boggling 118 receptions, 1,721 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. 

He'll have a large stake in whoever ends up leading the offense at Southern California in 2013. He had two of his worst games statistically with Wittek at the helm last year, tallying just 11 receptions for 116 yards and no touchdowns to close out the season.