Matt Leinart Named Pac-10 Offensive Player Of The Week

Oct. 27, 2003

USC sophomore quarterback Matt Leinart was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week based on his performance at Washington.

For the second week in a row, Leinart threw for exactly 351 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions, this time on 19-of-29 passing (65.5%) against the Huskies. That followed his 76.6% completion rate the previous week at Notre Dame. At Washington, Leinart helped USC amass 43 points and 565 total yards (getting 7.8 per play), including 214 on the ground. He threw TD passes of 20, 60, 52 and 37 yards.

In his last 4 games, he has thrown for 1,251 yards and 13 TDs with just 1 interception on 66.4% passing (75-of-113). He has a current streak of 104 consecutive passes without an interception. He currently is eighth nationally in passing efficiency (162.9, first in Pac-10) and 23rd in total offense (268.5, fourth in Pac-10). He has passed for more touchdowns (21) than any sophomore in USC history, he is the first USC soph to have back-to-back 300-yard passing games and he is just the fifth USC soph to have thrown for 2,000 yards in a season (joining Carson Palmer, Rodney Peete, Todd Marinovich and Rob Johnson).

Other Pac-10 honorees this week were Washington State linebacker Will Derting (defense) and Oregon defensive back Aaron Gipson (special teams).

Leinart is the fifth Trojan to win Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2003, joining defensive end Kenechi Udeze (selected for his efforts against Stanford), placekicker Ryan Killeen (at Arizona State), defensive tackle Mike Patterson (versus Auburn) and punter Tom Malone (versus BYU).

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