It’s peak offseason time, and that means lists. USA Today’s CollegeFootballNews.com, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, released its top 20 offensive and defensive players of the past two decades. Former USC Trojans Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Troy Polamalu were on the list.
Bush, a two-time All-American at running back, was named to the first-team offense. He was undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in college football over the last 20 years. Here’s what CFN wrote about Bush:
3,169 rushing yards (7.3 ypc), 25 TDs, 95 catches for 1,301 yards and 13 scores, 22.7 yards per kickoff return with a score, 12.7 yards per punt return with three touchdowns
Of course the amazing Reggie Bush era counts, NCAA. Arguably the best all-around offensive weapon in college football over the last 20 years, he was devastating as a kick returner, a runner and a receiver. And yes, NCAA, he won the 2005 Heisman, came close to winning another, and was a two-time All-American as he helped USC win two national titles and almost a third.
For those who don’t remember, how good Bush was for USC from 2003-05, let’s remind you:
USC legend Matt Leinart was named to CFN’s second-team offense at quarterback. Florida’s Tim Tebow was the first-team pick.
Bush’s teammate and fellow Heisman Trophy winner, Leinart was a two-time All-American and won two national championships. From 2001-04, Leinart threw for 99 TDs and more than 10,000 yards with a completion percentage of 65.5 percent.
Polamalu was named to the second-team defense. The safeties on the first team were Miami’s Ed Reed and Oklahoma’s Roy Williams. Hard to argue with either of those. Here’s what CFN wrote about Polamalu:
He was the star of the USC defense just before the team got all-timer good. He was an All-American and two-time All-Pac-10 star as a special teamer and safety, leaving with 278 tackles with six interceptions and 29 tackles for loss.
Polamalu starred for the Trojans from 2000-02 and had an All-Pro career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.