USC's Matt Leinart wins Unitas Award

Nov. 30, 2005 at 8:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The University of Southern California's Matt Leinart has won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

Leinart became the third Trojan to win the award, joining Rodney Peete in 1988 and Carson Palmer in 2002. The award will be presented on Dec. 9 in Louisville.

Leinart won last year's Heisman Trophy and is again a candidate for college football's top honor this year. He has completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,217 yards with 24 touchdowns for the top-ranked ranked Trojans in 2005.

Other finalists for the award were Brett Basanez of Northwestern, Kellen Clemens of Oregon, Brodie Croyle of Alabama, Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt, Drew Olson of UCLA and D.J. Shockley of Georgia.

Jason White of Oklahoma was last year's winner.

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