Reggie Bush: Why Dolphins Back Is Finally on His Way to Stardom

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 5, 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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Remember when Reggie Bush was the most electrifying running back in college football, and was widely considered to be the NFL's next big thing? 

Seven seasons since being taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Bush is finally starting to live up to the hype. 

That's not to say that Bush hasn't had flashes of brilliance during his first six seasons. The 27-year-old former USC star won the Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in the winter of 2010 and earned All-Pro recognition as a punt returner in 2008. 

However, he didn't exactly take the league by storm like he was supposed to as a member of the Saints, as injuries and an apparent under-utilization of his skills by his coaches limited his effectiveness on the field. 

Now, as a member of the Dolphins, Bush is finally the consistent offensive threat that he was once projected to be. 

Last season, his first in Miami, Bush posted his first 1,000-yard rushing season and eclipsed the 1,300-yard plateau in all-purpose yards. 

This year, he's been even better and has enjoyed performances reminiscent of his most dominant games as a member of the Trojans. 

In Week 2 against Oakland, Bush put on a show rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to a win. 

In that game, Bush's first touchdown saw the diminutive back break four tackles before running to pay dirt, while his second saw him take off for a 65-yard run, sealing the win for the Dolphins.

What's almost as important as Bush's numbers thus far is the flair for the dramatic he seems to have regained. 

He's one of the most exciting players in the game every time he touches the ball, which is what made people fall in love with Bush when he was running over, around and through opposing defenses as a member of the Trojans.

No, Reggie Bush might never be the franchise running back we once thought he would become, but for the first time since entering the NFL, he's become a star-caliber player once again.