Leinart, Bush, Cody, Carroll Named Semifinalists For Awards From Maxwell Club
Nov. 1, 2004
Three USC football players--quarterback Matt Leinart, tailback Reggie Bush and defensive lineman Shaun Cody--and Trojan head coach Pete Carroll have been named semifinalists for national awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club.
Leinart and Bush are among 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player. Cody is one of 12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, for the nation's best defensive player. Carroll is one of nine semifinalists for the George Munger Award as coach of the year.
The winners will be announced on Dec. 9.
Leinart, a Heisman Trophy candidate who was a 2003 All-American, is 159-of-243 (65.4%) for 1863 yards and 18 TDs with just 4 interceptions in 2004. He currently is 12th nationally in passing efficiency (151.0, second in Pac-10). He is fifth on USC's career passing list, with 414 completions. He already has thrown 56 touchdowns in just 21 career starts, with at least 1 TD in every game he has started and at least 2 TDs in all but 2 games (he had a string of at least 2 TDs in 15 consecutive games). He also has thrown at least 3 TDs 10 times (and at least 4 TDs 5 times). He is averaging a TD pass every 11.5 career attempts. During USC's current 17-game winning streak, he has thrown 48 TDs and just 7 interceptions (his career TD/interception ratio is 56/13). USC is 20-1 when Leinart starts.
Bush, also a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, currently is sixth nationally in all-purpose running (171.6, second in Pac-10), eighth in punt returns (16.2, first in Pac-10), 12th in kickoff returns (28.6, second in Pac-10) and tied for 23rd in scoring (8.3, tied for third in Pac-10). He has 1373 all-purpose yards in 2004 and is averaging 9.3 yards every time he touches the ball (147 touches). He already has 19 plays of 20-plus yards in 2004. In his career, he has proven to be a 5-way threat as he has produced touchdowns via rushing, receiving, kickoff returning, punt returning and passing. He has scored 19 TDs in his 21-game career (7 rushing, 10 receiving, 1 on kickoff returns, 1 on punt returns). Overall in 2004, he has 91 carries for 471 yards (5.2 average) and 4 TDs, plus 28 receptions for 311 yards (11.1 average) and 6 TDs, 17 punt returns for 276 yards (16.2 average) and 1 TD and 11 kickoff returns for 315 yards (28.6 average)...plus he's completed a 52-yard pass for a TD.
Cody, a 2004 All-American who is also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, has 26 tackles, including 8.5 for losses (with a team-best 7 sacks), plus 2 forced fumbles, 2 deflections and a blocked field goal in 2004. He has 5 blocked field goals in his career.