Posted: Thursday April 20, 2006 2:04PM; Updated: Friday April 21, 2006 11:22AM
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Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch spoke with Southern Cal running back Reggie Bush for the magazine's Q&A. The 20-year-old is expected to go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft on April 29. Bush recently partnered with Subway to start his own blog, in which he'll chronicle his rookie season. Here are additional excerpts from the interview:
SI: Do you ever check out mock drafts to see where people have ranked you?
Bush: No. I've tried to avoid that as much as possible because at the end of the day it's still speculation.
SI: But does knowing you'll likely be No. 1 overall make the draft less nerve-racking?
Bush: It does. I've been preparing to be the No. 1 draft pick, and that's what I'm looking forward to, whether that's with the Houston Texans or another team.
SI: The only thing scouts have wondered about you is if you can handle 350 touches in an NFL season. Is that a fair concern?
Bush: Obviously people will have that question considering the type of program I come from. It was hard to have one main guy because we had so much talent on our team. So naturally people are going to question whether I can carry the ball 20 or 30 times a game. My answer to that is yeah, I can, without a doubt.
SI: How do you expect to be used in the pros?
Bush: Very similar to the way I was used at Southern Cal. Coaches have asked me if I still want to return punts and kicks, catch the ball out of the backfield and play receiver. I've told them, "Yes, I want to do those same exact things."
SI: You visited Houston for the first time a couple of weeks ago. What were your initial impressions of the city?
Bush: I pretty much went straight to the football facilities and met the staff and some players. That's all I had time to do. I didn't really get a chance to go around the city and visit the town. From what I've heard, it's a great city, and a great place to play. The town is very supportive of the Texans.
SI: Have you asked the Texans whether you'll be the No. 1 pick?
Bush: No, and I won't ask them that question. They could sit there and tell me yes, and at the end of the day, they don't know. A team could easily trade up for the pick or the Texans could be interested in someone else. It really doesn't matter. They will do whatever they want at the end of the day.