Posted: Sunday October 30, 2005 4:43PM; Updated: Sunday October 30, 2005 4:49PM
Vince Young: "What, 506 yards of total offense wasn't enough for you?"
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Last week the Watchman's editor suggested a change to the Watch as the season nears its end. "Why not cut the list off at eight?" he asked. I thought about it for a moment, and, despite my desire to wax poetic on the chances of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, I decided the idea was a win-win for the Watch. Sorry, Elvis.
1. Reggie Bush, RB, USC, Jr.
Last week: 17 rushes, 97 yards; 4 receptions, 40 yards; 4 punt returns, 19 yards in a 55-13 victory against Washington State Season: 111 rushes, 909 yards, 10 touchdowns; 23 receptions, 284 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 punt returns, 156 yards, 1 touchdown
The lowdown: When Matt Leinart and LenDale White got hot against the Cougars, USC rightfully kept feeding those two, leaving Bush as the odd man out. But Bush has played so well in many more important games this season that he must remain at the top ... for now.
Up next: Saturday vs. Stanford
2. Vince Young, QB, Texas, Jr.
Last week: 15-of-30 passing, 239 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception; 21 rushes, 267 yards, 2 touchdowns in a 47-28 victory at Oklahoma State Season: 120-of-190 passing, 1,835 yards, 16 touchdowns, 8 interceptions; 103 rushes, 725 yards, 8 touchdowns
The lowdown: Young was a one-man gang against the Cowboys, becoming just the seventh player in NCAA history to both run and pass for 200 yards in a game -- and he threw in several highlight reel-worthy plays to boot. But don't forget his two first-half turnovers that led to 14 Cowboys points.
Up next: Saturday at Baylor
3. Matt Leinart, QB, USC, Sr.
Last week: 24-of-34 passing, 364 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception in a 55-13 victory against Washington State Season: 169-of-258 passing, 2,512 yards, 19 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
The lowdown: The reigning champ seems to be making a late-season push for a second stiff-arm statue, passing for 565 yards and seven touchdowns in his past two games. With big showdowns against Cal and UCLA still remaining, Leinart may just pull it off.
The lowdown: A colleague of the Watchman who does not like Quinn as a candidate recently raised this question about the Irish quarterback: How much of his improved play is attributed to Quinn and how much is attributed to coach Charlie Weis? A fair question, but the Watchman's stance is this: No one should be penalized because he's being coached up.
Up next: Saturday vs. Tennessee
5. Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA, Jr.
Last week: 18 rushes, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns; 6 receptions, 87 yards in a 30-27 overtime victory at Stanford Season: 134 rushes, 687 yards, 11 touchdowns; 23 receptions, 360 yards, 4 touchdowns; 14 punt returns, 407 yards, 3 touchdowns
The lowdown: Like the rest of the Bruins' offense, Drew was pretty much non-existent until he hammered home two late touchdowns to help send the game into overtime. For more thoughts, see the entry on Bush.