2002: Reggie’s Legacy

Reggie Bush’s high school career ended on a quiet note, but its brilliance probably outshone any other in the 42-year history of the San Diego Section.

Bush scored 75 touchdowns and rushed for 60 touchdowns in three seasons.  He caught passes for nine TD’s, and returned 6 punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns.  He even  punted 27 times for a 34.9-yard average.

Bush was long-distance specialist.

Bush was long-distance specialist.

Every time Bush ran from scrimmage he averaged more than a first down.

Bush averaged 8.8 yards, scored 11 touchdowns, and gained 1,034 yards as a sophomore.  He rushed for 26 touchdowns and averaged 12 yards and gained 2,200 as a junior.

Bush sustained a wrist injury that slowed him in two games and forced him to sit out another as a senior but he still averaged 12 yards from scrimmage, scored 23 touchdowns, and gained 1,691 yards.

It was in the open field where Bush was most dangerous.  He caught 40 passes for an 18.4-yard average, averaged 17.8 yards on 42 punt returns, and 37.1 yards for 15 kickoff returns.

Bush’s 26 touchdown runs as a junior averaged 36 yards.  He averaged 34.8 yards for 6 touchdown receptions, and 84.5 yards on two punt returns for scores.

Bush’s 60 rushing touchdowns were accomplished in 3 seasons.  Leader Markeith Ross of Rancho Buena  Vista rushed for 72 touchdowns in 4 seasons.  La Jolla Country Day’s Rashaan Salaam rushed for 105 touchdowns in three seasons, mostly in 8-man football.

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2 Responses to 2002: Reggie’s Legacy

  1. Jon Vivian says:

    What is disappointing to me is that weren’t Bushs parents educators? They knew that to take bribes from sports agents was wrong and still went ahead and took them. Seems to me they should have faced some type of punishment themselves. No one ever said a word about this either.

    • Rick says:

      According to news accounts of the day, Reggie’s mother was a deputy sheriff or worked in the San Diego County Sheriff’s department. I believe the father was described as being a security officer at Morse High.

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