Reggie Bush has been one of the most talked about athlete on ESPN recently, because of the controversy of him possibly being stripped of the Heisman trophy. Yesterday, Bush decided that he would return his Heisman trophy, which means that a vote will take place on whether they should vacate the award or give it to runner-up Vince Young.
Lately, there have been a lot of pundits talking about how Vince Young was the most deserving player to win the award anyway. The main thing they point to is how Vince Young outplayed Reggie Bush in the National Championship game as he led his Texas Longhorns to a victory over Bush’s USC Trojans.
I’m going to tell you in this article, why Reggie Bush was the most deserving player to win the Heisman trophy that season – NOT Vince Young.
Why am I doing this? I’m tired of hearing all the experts talk about how Vince Young should have won the award that season anyway. Also, I harbor ill will and like to make Marcos mad.
I think everyone can at least agree that the two most deserving candidates for the 2005 Heisman Trophy were Reggie Bush and Vince Young. I don’t think that can be disputed.
Vince Young and Reggie Bush put together amazing seasons for their respective programs and played huge roles in leading their teams to undefeated seasons and a berth in the Rose Bowl to play for the National Championship.
The Heisman Trophy is annually given out to the “most dominate player in college football” that season. Reggie Bush and Vince Young could both stake the claim that they were the most dominate college football player during the 2005 season.
Vince Young had a spectacular season throwing and running the football as he led Texas to an undefeated season. His stats:
Passing: 65.2 CMP% 3036 Yards 26 TD 10 INT
Rushing: 155 ATT 1050 Yards 6.8 YPC 12 TD
Those are incredible numbers put up by Vince Young, and most seasons, putting up numbers like that with your team ranked as the #2 team in the nation and heading into the National Championship game, it would be enough to win the stiff-arm trophy.
Notice I said most seasons. The reasons Vince Young didn’t win the Heisman Trophy that season was because Southern California running back Reggie Bush put up even better numbers and wowed the nation every time he got his hands on the ball.
Rushing: 200 ATT 1740 Yards 8.7 YPC 16 TD
Receiving: 37 REC 478 Yards 12.9 YPC 2 TD
8.7 YPC is just an absolutely absurd number when you really think about it. It’s the highest yards per carry in the history of college football for a single season. The highest ever! [pullquote]Each time Bush had the ball in his hands we all sat back and were ready to see something amazing, because we all knew what could happen when he touched the ball.[/pullquote]
Bush also led the nation in with an average of 222.3 all-purpose yards per game.
Reggie Bush was the most electrifying and dominate college football player during the 2005 season and may have been the most electrifying player we have ever seen play college football.
Who doesn’t remember Bush in his #5 USC jersey making college defenders look like high school kids with his sick cuts and amazing break away speed. Each time Bush had the ball in his hands we all sat back and were ready to see something amazing, because we all knew what could happen when he touched the ball.
You could have the Trojans backed up in their own territory one minute and the next Bush was headed to the end zone with a 70+ yard touchdown.
The best evidence to Reggie Bush’s dominance was his performance in a regular season game against Fresno State. He set the Pac 10 record for most total yards from scrimmage in that game with 513 all-purpose yards (294 rushing, 68 receiving, 151 return).
Reggie Bush was truly a special talent and he deserved to take home the Heisman Trophy that season. It may have been found out now that Bush was not an eligible player during his 2005 Heisman campaign, but at the time, nobody knew that he wasn’t.
The biggest reason some people believe that Vince Young should have won the Heisman trophy was because of his performance in the Rose Bowl against USC. Here’s the problem with that. The Heisman is given out before the bowl games, so whatever you do afterwards means absolutely nothing.
Plus, just because Vince Young was better in ONE game that means that he was more deserving to win the Heisman trophy? I don’t understand that.
The Heisman is based on your body of work and never should one game be your reasoning behind backing somebody for the Heisman. Sure, Vince Young was amazing in that game racking up 467 yards of total offense (267 passing, 200 rushing). That is amazing. But, let’s not pretend that Reggie Bush was awful in that game.
Texas’ defense had a great game plan for Reggie Bush and they limited his effectiveness, but he still finished with 279 all-purpose yards (82 rushing, 95 receiving, 102 return).
Vince Young was better in that game, but why should that take away from Reggie Bush’s performance? If anything, it was a knock on USC’s defense not being able to stop Vince Young.
Vince Young was better than Reggie Bush for one night and one night only. That shouldn’t be an impetus for Vince Young being deserving of winning the Heisman.
It’s quite obvious actually that Reggie Bush deserved to win the award. Everyone outside of Texas thought that Bush was the best player in college football that season.
The coaches across the nation thought that Reggie Bush was the best player in 2005 as he was awarded the Walter Camp Award.
Sportswriters thought that Reggie Bush was the best player that season by awarding him the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year award.
Lastly, the Heisman voters thought that he was the best player in college football that season by voting him as the Heisman winner in a landslide. He received 784 first-place votes compared to Vince Young’s 79. That’s a difference of 705. Why is this even being discussed if it was such a landslide?
The only people that thought at the time that Vince Young should have won the Heisman trophy were wearing burnt-orange tinted glasses. Reggie Bush won the Heisman in a landslide and was voted the best player in college football that season by people much smarter and better versed in college football than me or any of you.
Reggie Bush made the mature decision to return his Heisman Trophy. I was actually for him keeping the award, because it was the NCAA’s fault for not ruling him ineligible five years ago. But, Bush saved the Heisman trust from having to make the difficult no-win situation of letting him keep the award or stripping him of the Heisman.
Reggie Bush wasn’t an eligible player during the 2005 season as we have found out, but during the time he was shredding defenses in college football, none of us knew about it. He proved during the season time and time again that he was the best player in college football that season.
He deserved to win the Heisman Trophy and Vince Young deserved to be in 2nd place that season, no matter how many people want to try and dispute that fact now.
Reggie Bush may have given back the Heisman Trophy, but everyone who watched the 2005 college football season will remember who was the most dominate player in college football that season and who held that 25-pound bronze trophy in New York that December.