Saturday, December 03, 2005

Reggie Bush = Greatest Ever?

Is Reggie Bush the greatest college football player ever? I'll admit that my time spent on this earth watching college football has not been long enough to give a sound experienced comparison to Heisman winners of the past,.......but christ this guys is ridiculous. I really don't know who you could put ahead of the man?

Take a look at the last 15 or so Heisman winners and it's borderline laughable. You have guys with less talent (Ron Dayne), guys who were products of their system (Ty Detmer), the douche bag QBs who played for Nat'l Championship teams or at least contenders that put up stupid numbers because of the talent surrounding them (Gino Toretta, Jason White), and guys who just didn't deserve the trophy (Charles Woodson). None of these guys have a tenth of the ability to single-handedly change the game like Bush has. Put the ball and his hands and he is the biggest homerun threat in the history of the game, a LEGITIMATE threat to take it to the house EVERY SINGLE TIME he touches the ball. All this while sharing carries/touches with another legitimate NFL running back prospect in Lindell White. Yes I know this guy is surrounded with a sick amount of NFL talent in guys like Leinart, White, and a damn good O-line. Only thing is though, that NFL talent has nothing to do with sprinting full speed down the sideline, only to put on the breaks and break the collective ankles of the entire Fresno State secondary.

O.J. Simpson, Barry Sanders, Archie Griffin, Herschel Walker, maybe Gale Sayers, all names that hit you when thinking of comparisons to Bush. The only problem is I don't see how you put any of them ahead of him. These guys were all focuses of their respective offenses, recieving at least 7-8 more touches a game than him, yet they are still all inferior when a discussion of a "game changer" comes about. Bush is a better reciever, is stronger, and a better pure runner than any of these guys ever were,...well maybe Gale Sayers could run with him.

We still have USC/Texas to go, and USC really hasen't seen a D like UT's in the powerhouse BCS conference that is the Pac-10 (sarcasm intended), so maybe this label is a little pre-mature. Barring an absolute egg of Oklahoma proportions that may be laid in the Nat'l Title game, I think the idea of "Reggie Bush is the greatest college player of all time" will be pertinent discussion for a while in many football circles.

7 Comments:

Anonymous GTryan said...

I haven't been around long enough to say this, but I think Reggie Bush can definitely be up there in the greatest college player ever discussions. I'm sure there has been better runners, better receiving backs, and better returners.

But has there been anyone who is the total package like Bush? Anyone who does all of those things as well as him? Like you said, he's a legitimate threat to take it to the house every time. Can that be said for anyone else? His ablility to make the big play is incredible.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

He's the best college running back since Bo Jackson or Herschel Walker, in my opinion. Hard to tell in comparison to some guys like Barry Sanders, because his team is just so much better than theirs (USC's o-line is awesome).

11:41 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

UCLA and Fresno aren't exactly putting replicas of the '85 Bears on the field, but just about any time Bush touches the ball, it's an event. Do you see a situation where the Texans trade the #1 so they can acquire extra draft picks and pick the guy they're really high on (D'Brickashaw)?

3:48 PM  
Blogger JW said...

Couldn't be surprised in the least in the Texans trying to find a way to get Ferguson, the guy is a montser. That and the fact they need something, ANYTHING to give David Carr some semblance of an offensive line.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I wouldn't be surprised to see Houston end up with D'Brick ... but man, passing on Bush would be terribly hard to do. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

The only player I know about that could score at will like Bush was Sanders at Oklahoma State. He has OSU records for return yards, return touchdowns, and longest TD return, to go along with the rushing he did. He had 3 kickoff returns of 100 yard, 2 in 1987, and rushed for over 300 yards in one game, with 5 rushing TD's.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Lazarus said...

Bush was a product of the system and the fact he never played against a good defense.
He's clearly out of his league when it comes to pro running backs. He'll be a fair slot receiver.

6:38 PM  

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