Leinart undecided on draft

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 1:12 a.m.

Sleepy-eyed Matt Leinart said Wednesday he remains uncertain whether he will return to USC for his senior season or go into the NFL.

The Trojans' Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and his teammates - after celebrating into the wee hours in Miami - arrived back on campus late in the afternoon. They were greeted by a crowd of about a hundred cheering, photo-snapping fans.

``I have until Jan. 15 to decide what I'm going to do,'' Leinart said of the deadline for declaring for the NFL draft.

``It's going to take a lot for me to leave, despite the game last night and the Heisman Trophy. I'm going to talk with Coach (Pete) Carroll about it, get his ideas.''

Two other of the nation's top quarterback this season, California's Aaron Rodgers and Utah's Alex Smith, already have announced they will leave school early to enter the draft.

Leinart improved his stock with the NFL Tuesday night with his performance in the 55-19 BCS title game victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Leinart went 18-of-35 for 332 yards, with no interceptions, and threw an Orange Bowl-record five touchdowns.

SYRACUSE: Syracuse is interested in talking to New York Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson about its head coaching position.

Henderson said his agent has been contacted by Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross, a former Jets scout.

Henderson, in his first season with the Jets, said Wednesday that he had not spoken directly to anybody from the university but was willing to listen.

GEORGIA: Georgia junior Thomas Davis has decided to leave school early to enter the NFL draft, his high school coach told two the media.

Todd McShay, a draft analyst for the NFL scouting service Scouts Inc., said Davis could be the top safety picked in April's draft.

``I think he'll be somewhere in the top 10 to 20 picks in the first round,'' McShay said.

LOUISVILLE: Louisville running back Eric Shelton said he will skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft.

Shelton rushed for 938 yards on 146 carries, a 6.4-yard average, this season and tied a school record with 20 rushing touchdowns.

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