Miami Dolphins: Reggie Bush Should Strive for a Rushing Title
As far as anyone was concerned, Reggie Bush was just a college sensation.
At least until last season.
The former USC Trojan had a lot of hype when selected at No. 2 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL draft. After five seasons in the black and gold, Bush did not mirror the back that decimated opposing defenses in college.
This was all before the Miami Dolphins gave him a chance to shine. Joining the squad based in South Beach, Bush had to battle rookie running back and second-round draft pick out of Kansas State, Daniel Thomas, for the starting job.
Halfway through last season, Bush finally took the reigns for the Dolphins offense. By Week 8, in a matchup against the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants, Bush exploded on the field, surpassing the 100-yard mark for the first time in a season. And he was just starting.
By Week 16, Bush had done what no one expected. He had rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. He recorded over 100 yards in four more games, even pushing past 200 in a huge division win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, a career best for the Trojan back.
However, as the Dolphins approach the upcoming season with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill under center, Bush has seemingly been forgotten. His impressive 2011 season seems like more of an after thought.
While Chad Johnson sat in front of the cameras, Bush was working to further elevate his game. Behind an improving offensive line, Bush attempts to lead a talented halfback corps.
In the 2012 season, Reggie Bush will look towards a season with increased carries. If he can stay healthy, he seems primed to beat last season’s rushing total.
He has recently seen press for his determination to push himself to a rushing title. Well, I’m here to say, why not?
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