December 12, 2004

Peterson 2nd, White 3rd and Leinart Wins Heisman

Matt Leinart Wins Heisman

Matt Leinart edged out the two Oklahoma teammates Adrian Peterson and last years' Heisman winner Jason White. Peterson, fell short of becoming the first Heisman winner as a freshman. Peterson received 997 overall points, edging out teammate and White (957) for second. Peterson's second-place finish is the best by a freshman. Georgia's Herschel Walker had the previous freshman best when he was third to winner George Rogers of South Carolina, a running back, in 1980. Michael Vick was a redshirt freshman quarterback at Virginia Tech when he was third in 1999.

Leinart received 1,325 points and won all but one of the six voting regions. He came in third in the Southwest, where White led with 263 points and freshman tailback and teammate Adrian Peterson was second with 197.

Leinart and teammate Reggie Bush will face Adrian Peterson, Jason White and Co. in the FedEx Orange Bowl.
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