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Leinart sets up Heisman vs. Heisman BCS title game


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2004  Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
2003  Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
2002  Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB
2001  Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
2000  Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB
1999  Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
1998  Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
1997  Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996  Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1995  Eddie George, Ohio St., TB
1994  Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB
1993  Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1992  Gino Torretta, Miami, QB
1991  Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
1990  Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB
1989  Andre Ware, Houston, QB
1988  Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
1987  Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR
1986  Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB
1985  Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB
1984  Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
1983  Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB
1982  Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB
1981  Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB
1980  George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
1979  Charles White, Southern Cal, TB
1978  Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB
1977  Earl Campbell, Texas, FB
1976  Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1975  Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1974  Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1973  John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB
1972  Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL
1971  Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB
1970  Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
1969  Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB
1968  O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB
1967  Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
1966  Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
1965  Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB
1964  John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB
1963  Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
1962  Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
1961  Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB
1960  Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
1959  Billy Cannon, LSU, HB
1958  Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
1957  John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB
1956  Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB
1955  Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
1954  Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB
1953  John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
1952  Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB
1951  Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
1950  Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB
1949  Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1948  Doak Walker, SMU, HB
1947  John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946  Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945  Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1944  Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB
1943  Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1942  Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB
1941  Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1940  Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
1939  Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
1938  Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
1937  Clint Frank, Yale, HB
1936  Larry Kelley, Yale, E
1935  Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB

NEW YORK — Matt Leinart got a hearty handshake and a bear hug from Jason White, one Heisman Trophy winner congratulating the other.

The next time the two compete will be far less cordial — and a lot more historic.

Leinart won the Heisman on Saturday night and set up the first game in college football history featuring two players with Heisman trophies.

The Southern California quarterback faces White's Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 4 in the Orange Bowl with the Bowl Championship Series version of the national title on the line.

``I know they're going to be coming after me,'' Leinart said of the Sooners.

White had a chance to become just the second two-time Heisman winner, joining Ohio State tailback Archie Griffin (1974 and '75). Instead he finished third, behind Leinart and Oklahoma freshman Adrian Peterson.

Leinart and White talked before the ceremony, and the Sooners' quarterback predicted the outcome.

``He said, 'Get ready for your speech,''' Leinart said. ``I was like, 'Come on, man.'''

As a former winner, White had a vote. He said he put Peterson No. 1 on his ballot and Leinart second. The third spot he left blank and let someone else — he wouldn't say who — fill it out. White said he still doesn't know who that person picked.

``I think Matt showed great character on the field and leadership,'' White said.

Leinart talked to White during the summer about winning the award.

``He said it changed his life,'' Leinart said.

Last year, Leinart succeeded 2002 Heisman winner Carson Palmer with a splendid sophomore season that set him up as the preseason favorite in 2004.

Leinart has delivered, throwing for 2,990 yards and 28 TDs and leading the top-ranked Trojans to a 12-0 regular season.

The junior is USC's sixth Heisman winner, tying the Trojans with Ohio State for second-most behind Notre Dame's seven.

``I remember when Carson was sitting up here,'' Leinart said. ``He said his heart was beating out of his chest, I think mine's about to do the same thing.''

Utah quarterback Alex Smith was fourth and Leinart's teammate Reggie Bush was fifth in the voting.

Leinart received 1,325 points and won all but one of the six voting regions. He came in third in the Southwest, where White led with 263 points and Peterson was second with 197.

Peterson received 997 overall points, edging out White (957) for second. Peterson's second-place finish is the best by a freshman. Georgia's Herschel Walker (1980) and Georgia Tech's Clint Castleberry (1942) had the previous freshman high when they placed third.

Michael Vick was a redshirt freshman at Virginia Tech when he was third in 1999.

Smith, who has led Utah to a berth in the Bowl Championship Series, received 635 points, and Bush, the Trojans' explosive and versatile tailback had 597.

Leinart had never thrown a pass at USC when he won a four-way battle to replace Palmer in 2003.

The left-hander practically matched Palmer's Heisman numbers in his first season as a starter, throwing for 3,556 yards and 38 TDs while leading the Trojans to a share of the national title. He finished sixth in last year's Heisman balloting.

While Bush has provided a slew of dazzling plays for USC, the laid-back Leinart is the Trojans' leader.

Breaking in a new set of receivers and playing behind a rebuilt offensive line, Leinart has completed 66 percent of his passes with just six interceptions this season.

``There was a lot of questions going into the season,'' Leinart said. ``I think we answered them.''

The Trojans are 24-1 with Leinart as a starter and have won 21 straight games.

USC's first four Heisman winners were running backs, starting with Mike Garrett in 1965 and ending with Marcus Allen in 1981.

But Tailback U. has turned into Quarterback College since offensive coordinator Norm Chow arrived with coach Pete Carroll in 2001.

Chow turned Palmer from a talented enigma into a potential NFL franchise quarterback. Leinart is Chow's third protégé to win the Heisman, along with BYU's Ty Detmer.

Leinart could also join Palmer as an NFL first-round pick, maybe as soon as April if he decides to skip his final college season. That's quite a rise for the geeky kid from Santa Ana, Calif.

``No, I was a fat kid and cross-eyed and had glasses about an inch thick,'' Leinart said. ``I use to get made fun of. It's been a long time since those days.''

Blue-Gray All-Star Classic scratched again

MONTGOMERY, AL — The Blue-Gray All-Star Classic has been called off for the second time in three years because officials couldn't find a corporate sponsor for the Christmas Day showcase for aspiring NFL players.

The Blue-Gray game was a Christmas tradition since 1978, featuring college seniors from teams that didn't qualify for bowl games.

Organizers had attempted to move the game from Christmas Day to Jan. 8 after the bowl games were completed, Blue-Gray Association President Mahlon Paulk said earlier this week.

``We thought this was really going to be an answer, because we were going to be able to get more name athletes that the public would have identification with,'' Paulk said. ``I think it would have worked. I think it would have really brought a lot more people into the stands having it a day other than Christmas Day.''

Paulk said ESPN2 had agreed to air the game on Jan. 8, but had to find alternative programming when Blue-Gray officials were still unable to find a sponsor to play the game.

Last season, the game was held at Troy University, a 45-minute drive from its longtime home at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

The Montgomery Lions Club has run the game for 56 years but has struggled to find corporate backing in recent years as the number of bowl games grew and other Christmas Day sporting events expanded.

Paulk wasn't ruling out a return for the game.

``For the 2004 season, it's out,'' he said. ``We're hoping that we'll have something for 2005, either Christmas week or the first or second week in January 2006. Right now we don't have anything.''

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from Associated Press and other sources. Copyright 2004 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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