Leinart learning to lead

Originally Published: April 7, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC junior quarterback Matt Leinart went from unknown to unstoppable in the course of one season. He owns a national championship ring. He owns a post position in the 2004 Heisman Derby.

And if he were any calmer, he would be asleep.

"I'm just laid back," Leinart says.

We have been conditioned over the last three decades to expect that talent can't survive without braggadocio, that every game has become an exhibition game. Leinart belies those notions. If there ...

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