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Three QBs, two RBs compose list

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Three college quarterbacks and two running backs, all from undefeated teams, are finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, officials with the Walter Camp Foundation announced Wednesday.

The 2004 finalists are USC running back Reggie Bush, USC quarterback Matt Leinart, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, Utah quarterback Alex Smith and Oklahoma quarterback Jason White.

The Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors will vote and the winner will be announced Dec. 9. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's awards banquet on Feb. 12 in New Haven.

The foundation is named after Yale's first football coach, Walter Camp, who was known as the father of college football and helped develop the modern rules of the game.

Bush, a sophomore, averaged 167.8 all-purpose yards a game for the Trojans, finishing the season with seven receiving touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns.

Leinart, a junior, passed for 2,748 yards and 28 touchdowns for the 11-0 and top-ranked Trojans.

Peterson, a freshman, ran for 1,671 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

Smith, a junior, threw for 2,624 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 563 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

White, a senior, passed for 2,707 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Last year's honor went to Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the first sophomore to receive the award. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.