Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn also were named finalists on Wednesday.
The winner will be announced live on ESPN on Dec. 8 and
receive his trophy on Feb. 11.
The Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Bush
averages a nation-best 212.5 all-purpose yards for the
top-ranked Trojans. The junior set a conference record with
513 all-purpose yards in a 50-42 win over Fresno State on
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a senior, Leinart has
thrown for 3,217 yards and 24 touchdowns with just seven
interceptions for USC, which leads the nation in total offense
A junior, Young has passed for 2,576 yards and 23 touchdowns
and has rushed for 792 yards and eight scores for No. 2 Texas,
which like USC is 11-0. The teams would meet for the national
championship at the Rose Bowl with wins on Saturday.
A senior, Hawk is the lone defensive player among the
finalists. He has recorded a team-high 109 tackles with 7 1/2
sacks for the 9-2 Buckeyes, who lead the Big Ten Conference in
scoring defense (14.8).
A junior, Quinn has thrown for a school-record 3,633 yards and
32 TDs with just seven interceptions for the Fighting Irish,
who at 9-2 are almost certain to be invited to a BCS bowl game.