A contingent of voters from the Boston Globe have come out with their Heisman picks.
The overwhelming choice: Reggie Bush.
Yes, I’m a Heisman voter, and yes, I regret my vote at least 50 percent of the time. Exhibit A: 2004, when I knew Reggie Bush was the best player, and I voted for Matt Leinart, anyway. The problem was that Pete Carroll was using Reggie as the ’65 Havlicek, bringing him off the bench, as it were. I went with the starter, the guy with the numbers. This year Reggie is the ’91 Jordan, and he cannot be stopped. Has there ever been a greater Heisman statement than 513 all-purpose yards against a good foe? That would be a no. Reggie ought to be unanimous.
Reggie Bush will win the 2005 Heisman. Why? Because he is the best player in college football this season and, barring an injury, could be the best player in the NFL next season — and yes, we know he has eligibility left. People are mentioning Bush and Gale Sayers in the same sentence. No one is mentioning Vince Young with even Steve Young yet. Bush will win because his ”wow” factor is off the charts. Anyone who saw him play against Notre Dame or Fresno State will attest to that. Neither Young nor last year’s Heisman recipient, USC QB Matt Leinart, comes close in that category.
Bush. Hands down. Arm-stretched out. Bush was a strong contender last year, but lost out to teammate Matt Leinart. The USC quarterback did nothing to lose his grip on the award this season, but the all-purpose (and we mean all-purpose) back was simply spectacular. The night game against Fresno State when he went for more than 500 all-purpose yards sealed the deal. Texas quarterback Vince Young perhaps was in the running until his average game after Thanksgiving against Texas A&M. Bush was simply the most electric player in college football. There’s a reason folks are calling him the new Gale Sayers.
Full disclosure: I went to the University of Texas, but that’s not why I’m going with Young over Bush. They are both outstanding players and put up good numbers, but where would Texas be without Young? He had 3,369 of the team’s 5,615 yards on offense. That’s 60 percent. Bush’s rushing and receiving yards (1,781) were 28 percent of USC’s 6,284. He’s fun to watch but is just a piece of a great offense. Young is the Texas offense. And the award is for the entire season, not one game. That Bush’s best game (Fresno State) and Young’s worst (Texas A&M) came at the end of the season shouldn’t matter.
I’ll make it easy for you. Heck, I’ll even spell it out: B-U-S-H, as in Reggie, not George W. That’s how I filled out my Heisman Trophy ballot not just this year but last year as well. The same reasons apply now that did then. He’s the best all-around player in the country. Case closed. Subtract Bush from USC’s roster and the Trojans likely would be out of the BCS mix with at least three losses: to Notre Dame (remember the Bush Push?), Arizona State, and Fresno State, against whom Bush seemed to seal the Heisman with his otherworldly 513 all-purpose yards.