USC Footballers Win All-American, Major Awards|
Dec. 19, 2005
Six Trojans won All-American first team honors in 2005: TB Reggie Bush (AP, Football Coaches, Football Writers, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBS Sportsline.com, Rivals.com, Collegefootballnews.com), QB Matt Leinart (Football Coaches, Walter Camp), WR Dwayne Jarrett (AP, Football Coaches, Football Writers, Walter Camp, SI.com, CBS Sportsline.com, Collegefootballnews.com), OG Taitusi Lutui (Football Coaches, Football Writers, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBS Sportsline.com, Rivals.com), S Darnell Bing (AP, Rivals.com) and OT Sam Baker (CBS Sportsline.com).
Trojans have now made All-American first teams 141 times in history. This is the second consecutive year that USC has had a school-record 6 All-American first teamers. It is also the first year ever that USC has had 5 offensive players named to an All-American first team. Leinart becomes USC's second-ever 3-time All-American first teamer (joining linebacker Richard Wood, 1972-74), while Bush repeats as an All-American. Bush and Jarrett were unanimous All-Americans, USC's 23rd and 24th. Jarrett joins Mike Williams in 2003 as the only sophomore USC wide receivers to win All-American honors. Lutui and Baker are USC's first pair of All-American offensive linemen in a season since 1982 (Bruce Matthews, Don Mosebar).
Additionally, C Ryan Kalil (SI.com), TB LenDale White (Collegefootballnews.com) and OG Fred Matua (Collegefootballnews.com) were All-American second teamers, while DE Lawrence Jackson (Collegefootballnews.com) was an All-American third teamer.
Also, Bush, Leinart and Jarrett won some major national awards. Bush won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Touchdown Club of Columbus Player of the Year (and Running Back of the Year), Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. Offensive Player of the Year, Rivals.com Offensive Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award (as the nation's top running back). Leinart, who finished third in the 2005 Heisman voting after winning it in 2004, won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (as the nation's top senior quarterback) and was the Touchdown Club of Columbus Quarterback of the Year. Jarrett is the Touchdown Club of Columbus Receiver of the Year.