Miami Dolphins: Is Reggie Bush Capable of Leading the NFL in Rushing?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:   Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins celebrayes a touchdown during a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush torched the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

And that might be an understatement.

The former Heisman Trophy-winner (ex…but he still earned it) and USC superstar has found a home in South Beach as the star running back. And his performance against the Oakland Raider really highlights why the Dolphins organization trusts him so much with the football.

On 26 carries, Bush totaled a monumental 172 yards and two touchdowns that gave the Dolphins a comfortable lead and a win over the Raiders. His third quarter was monstrous to say the least.

On his first touchdown of the day on a 23-yard run as Miami edged into the red zone, Bush turned a 3rd-and-1 play into a clinic. His elusively beat defenders on a combination of moves that included side-steps and a final spin move that pushed him into the end zone.

And he was not even close to being finished. On the next drive, he took a play out of Bo Jackson’s handbook and demonstrated his true speed on a counter that took him 65 yards into the end zone.

After a performance like this Sunday which put him in the Dolphins history books with six straight 100-yard performances (total yards), Miami fans have to wonder if Bush is capable of attempting to win the NFL rushing title.

Compared to the Week 1 match-up against the Texans, the Dolphins ran a much more balanced playbook that allowed Bush to get over 25 carries and provided better comfort for Tannehill on passing plays.

Considering that Bush is the type of player that has the potential for big plays, if Miami continues to give him the carries, he has the potential to push past the 100-yard mark in every game he plays.

But again, who knows what the future might have in store for Reggie Bush?

We only know that he has the potential for greatness.