Camp finalists: Leinart, Bush, Young, Hawk, Quinn
Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn also were named finalists on Wednesday.
The winner will be announced live on ESPN on Dec. 8 and receive his trophy on Feb. 11.
|Who was Walter Camp?|
|The award is named for Walter Camp, a legendary figure known as "the father of American football." Camp is credited with such innovations as the play from scrimmage, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side. Camp, who played for Yale and coached the Bulldogs from 1876 to 1910, also helped to create the NCAA. -- Source: WalterCamp.org|
The Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Bush averages a nation-best 212.5 all-purpose yards for the top-ranked Trojans. The junior set a conference record with 513 all-purpose yards in a 50-42 win over Fresno State on Nov. 19.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a senior, Leinart has thrown for 3,217 yards and 24 touchdowns with just seven interceptions for USC, which leads the nation in total offense (571.27).
A junior, Young has passed for 2,576 yards and 23 touchdowns and has rushed for 792 yards and eight scores for No. 2 Texas, which like USC is 11-0. The teams would meet for the national championship at the Rose Bowl with wins on Saturday.
A senior, Hawk is the lone defensive player among the finalists. He has recorded a team-high 109 tackles with 7 1/2 sacks for the 9-2 Buckeyes, who lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring defense (14.8).
A junior, Quinn has thrown for a school-record 3,633 yards and 32 TDs with just seven interceptions for the Fighting Irish, who at 9-2 are almost certain to be invited to a BCS bowl game.