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USC WR Lee Probable Friday Against Oregon State

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USC receiver Marqise Lee (knee) would give the Trojans offense a big boost in an underrated Pac-12 showdown in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.
USC receiver Marqise Lee (knee) would give the Trojans offense a big boost in an underrated Pac-12 showdown in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.

USC All-American receiver Marqise Lee (knee) appears close to a return and could play Friday against Oregon State.

Interim coach Ed Orgeron called Lee and tight end Xavier Grimble "probable" this week.

Lee completed most of Wednesday's 90-minute, no-contact workout after missing practice Monday and Tuesday.

"It brightens (my mood)," Orgeron said according to the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't ask (the players) if it brightens theirs, but it sure brightens mine."

Lee finished fourth in last season's Heisman voting, catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. It's been a bumpy 2013, however. In addition to shoulder and knee injuries, Lee voiced concern over the lack of a true starting quarterback early in the season, saw his production decline as Cody Kessler and Max Wittek split time, and also dropped some passes.

He re-injured his knee Oct. 19 against Notre Dame and hasn't played since.

Lee did catch at least six passes in five of six games before facing the Fighting Irish and leads the team with 32 catches despite all the issues.

With USC (5-3, 2-2) traveling to Oregon State (6-2, 4-1), Lee could make a huge difference for the Trojans, which are trying to improve to 3-1 since firing Lane Kiffin.

The Beavers did hold Stanford standout Ty Montgomery to three catches for 55 yards last week.