Trojan force: Bush honored as USC's MVP

LOS ANGELES -- Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush was honored Tuesday night as the most valuable player for top-ranked Southern California.

Bush also won the MVP award as a sophomore last season despite the fact that teammate Matt Leinart won the Heisman. Bush was fifth in that voting a year ago.

Bush and Leinart have played major roles in USC's 34-game winning streak. The Trojans (12-0) can win an unprecedented third straight national championship by beating No. 2 Texas in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4.

Taitusi Lutui and Frostee Rucker, both seniors, shared USC's most inspirational player award. Lutui was also honored as offensive lineman of the year.

Among other players honored at USC's annual awards banquet were Lawrence Jackson, defensive lineman of the year; Mario Danelo and Kaluka Maiava, special teams players of the year; Scott Ware, courage award; Brandon Hancock, academic achievement award; and Ryan Kalil, underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character.