Bush to announce Thursday whether he'll go pro

Updated: January 12, 2006, 12:04 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush will announce Thursday whether he'll return to Southern California for his senior season or enter the NFL draft.

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Another Bush, not named Reggie, will make his plans known Thursday.

Louisville running back Michael Bush will announce that he will not make himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Bush, who led the nation in touchdowns and ran for 1,143 yards in 2005 despite missing two games with a foot injury, will return for his senior season.

He should enter the season as one of the top five running backs in the country.
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He has kept a low profile since USC lost to Texas 41-38 for the national championship in the Rose Bowl game Jan. 4. Underclassmen have until Sunday to apply for the April 29-30 draft.

Bush is to make his announcement in the morning on campus. He has been projected for months as the No. 1 overall pick, and it will be surprising if he returns to the Trojans.

Texas quarterback Vince Young inserted himself into the mix Sunday, declaring for the draft four days after his amazing performance in the Rose Bowl.

After winning his Heisman in 2004, USC's Matt Leinart decided to return to school for his final year of eligibility although he almost surely would have been one of the top players in the draft.

But as a quarterback, Leinart was in a far different situation. Running backs are such a target, with even the best at risk every time they carry the ball. On average, standout running backs have far shorter professional careers than top quarterbacks.

If Bush does decide to return to school, he could join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners of the Heisman. Griffin won the award in 1974-75.

Fellow USC tailback LenDale White, who represented the "Thunder" to Bush's "Lightning" for the Trojans, announced Wednesday in his hometown of Denver that he will skip his senior season to enter the draft. White leaves having scored a school-record 57 touchdowns in his career.

Bush rushed for 3,169 yards and White 3,159, helping the Trojans go 37-2 the past three seasons. USC has won 34 straight games before losing to Texas.


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