Tee Likes What He Sees
New USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin has to like what he has seen from his young, talented group during the first two days of spring practice.
Robert Woods, arguably the top returning wide receiver in the country, has been limited because of offseason surgery on his ankle. But that hasn’t stopped the wideouts from making a splash early this spring.
"Overall, I have been impressed with the way that they have been able to focus and come out and do what we have asked them to do," Tee Martin said.
George Farmer and Marqise Lee have taken advantage of the increased opportunities, making several big plays, and drawing plenty of praise in the process.
Marqise Lee makes a nice grab during Thursday's practice.
Farmer was dubbed the day one MVP by head coach Lane Kiffin and Marqise Lee took the honors on day two of practice. Lee looked to be in midseason form on Thursday, running sharp routes and pulling in a pair of leaping catches that displayed his seemingly unlimited athleticism.
When asked about his leaping grab after practice, Lane Kiffin replied, "The good thing is, I don’t know which one you’re referring to. He makes a couple of those a day.
Kiffin then added: “Obviously he’s a unique player. He’s a great player – potential to be the best receiver to ever play here; you’ve heard me say that before.”
Besides being blessed with an abundance of natural ability, great players often are willing to put in the extra work during the seemingly meaningless drills, and that was apparent as Marqise Lee and D.J. Morgan battled for the top spot during post-practice conditioning drills.
“He’s a competitor man. He hasn’t even tapped into how good he is going to be yet,” Martin said. “That’s what’s freaky about it.”
As Martin explained, he knew he was inheriting some of the most talented receivers in college football when he joined the USC staff, but after spending just a few weeks on campus, he has quickly realized that he has a very coachable group as well.
“That’s the thing about them, George (Farmer), Marqise (Lee), Robert (Woods) and Victor (Blackwell), my whole group wants to get better,” he said. “They want to come to work everyday.”
More from Martin
Tee Martin on Matt Barkley:
“He’s one of the best that I have been around and I have been some successful guys. He is right up there with some of the best mentally, physically and leadership-wise. Whatever you say you want your franchise quarterback to be – that’s him. He’s like a coach on the field out there.”
Tee Martin on George Farmer:
“He’s going to be a big part of our success for this upcoming season. We need for George to be a part of what we do. He has been consistent and he is learning the different positions.
“From catching the ball to knowing what to do, things that you want to get past first, he has done those things. I am going to continue to be on him and work him. He has all the talent in the world.
“My job is to help him get better. He’s the kind of kid that wants to get better.”
Tee Martin on Marqise Lee:
“He’s smart, knows the game, and just has a good feel for stuff. I am just going to continue to push him to work on the things that we need to get better at to make him a better player. You couldn’t ask for a better kid.”
USC assistant coach Tee Martin works with the wide receivers during spring practice.