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Four Trojans named All America

Heisman Trophy winner Leinart tops AP list

December 14, 2004

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— Southern California is No. 1 in All-Americans, too.

Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and three of his Southern California teammates made The Associated Press All-America team announced Monday.

Tailback Reggie Bush, defensive lineman Shaun Cody and linebacker Matt Grootegoed joined their quarterback on the first team. Bush, a Heisman finalist, was picked as the all-purpose player.

"It's really a tribute to the kind of season we've had," said Leinart.

Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson, the Heisman runner-up who ran for 1,843 yards and 15 TDs, is the first freshman AP All-American since North Carolina cornerback Dre' Bly in 1996. Peterson was joined on the first team by Sooners tackle Jammal Brown.

The Sooners put wide receiver Mark Clayton and defensive end Dan Cody on the second team. Michigan had four All-Americans: receiver Braylon Edwards, center David Baas and defensive backs Marlin Jackson and Ernest Shazor.

Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson and Florida State tackle Alex Barron both returned to school after being All-Americans last season and ended up repeating. Georgia defensive end David Pollack, LSU defensive end Marcus Spears, Miami cornerback Antrel Rolle and Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers all considered bypassing their final years of eligibility and went on to become All-Americans.

California running back J.J. Arrington and Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield made the AP first team.

Virginia and Ohio State joined Oklahoma as teams with two first-team All-Americans. Guard Elton Brown and tight end Heath Miller made it from the Cavaliers, and linebacker A.J. Hawk and kicker Mike Nugent were picked from the Buckeyes. Complete list in scoreboard.

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