University of Southern California

Reggie Bush became USC's seventh Heisman winner (and second in three years) when he won the trophy in 2005.

Heisman Winner

Reggie Bush

RB | Junior | University of Southern California

Reggie Bush became USC’s third Heisman winner in four years when the USC junior tailback won the 2005 Heisman Trophy.

The 6-foot, 200-pound back, who saw teammate Matt Leinart capture the 2004 Heisman Trophy two years after USC QB Carson Palmer claimed it in 2002, won the Trojans seventh Heisman in run-away fashion. 

Bush received 2,541 points to finish 933 points ahead of second-place Vince Young while Leinart was third.

Bush, born in the San Diego area in 1985, prepped at Helix High School, where he became the nation’s No. 1-ranked running back recruit.

He signed with USC ahead of the 2003 season and quickly established himself in the Pac-10, gaining 521 yards on 90 carries while totally 15 receptions for 314 yards and four more scores, helping USC win a share of the 2003 national title.

Bush took off in 2004 with 2,330 all-purpose yards — USC’s most since Marcus Allen in his 1981 Heisman season — and finished fifth in the Heisman voting. He rushed for 908 yards on 143 carries with six TDs, caught 43 passes for 509 yards with seven TDs and returned 24 punts for 376 yards and two more TDs as USC again was crowned national champs.

In 2005, Bush took it to another level as USC extended its winning streak to 34 games through the end of the ’05 regular season. Bush ran for 1,658 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns and added 31 receptions for 383 yards and two TDs and an 84-yard punt return score.

Bush registered eight games with over 100 rushing yards and closed the regular season with 294 and 260 rushing yards against Fresno State and UCLA, respectively. In fact, against the Bulldogs, he totaled 513 all-purpose yards – the second-highest total in NCAA history.

In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy, he won the 2005 Doak Walker and Walter Camp Awards.

Bush opted to skip his senior year and declared for the 2006 NFL Draft and was taken second overall by New Orleans. He played five seasons with the Saints and helped them win Super Bowl XLIV in 2009. Bush also played for Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo before retiring after the 2016 season. He finished with 5,490 career rushing yards and 36 touchdowns while posting 477 receptions for 3,598 yards and 18 more scores.

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Heisman Voting Results

Number of electors: 923 - Announced: December 10, 2005.

 PlayerClassPositionSchool1st2nd3rdTotal Points
1Reggie BushJRTBUSC78489112,541
2Vince YoungJRQBTexas796131451,608
3Matt LeinartSRQBUSC18147449797
4Brady QuinnJRQBNotre Dame721128191
5Michael RobinsonSRQBPenn State272949
6A.J. HawkSRLBOhio State032329
7DeAngelo WilliamsSRRBMemphis121926
8Drew OlsonSRQBUCLA121421
9Jerome HarrisonSRRBWashington State041220
10Elvis DumervilSRDELouisville0099

Three points are awarded for first place on a ballot, with two points for second place and one point for third place. Finalists in bold.


09/03/05at HawaiiW 63-1712867.17245814.5001140000
09/17/05ArkansasW 70-17812515.63137023.3312160000
09/24/05#24 at OregonW 45-13201226.10134314.33137504270
10/01/05at #14 Arizona StateW 38-28171589.292144.00011803130
10/08/05ArizonaW 42-21141107.8602168.0001170000
10/15/05at #9 Notre DameW 34-311516010.6734358.75045703130
10/22/05at WashingtonW 51-248516.3812189.00023201841
10/29/05Washington StateW 55-1317975.71044010.0000004190
11/05/05StanfordW 51-21121139.4214276.7501150160
11/12/05at CaliforniaW 35-1017824.820144.000000000
11/19/05#16 Fresno StateW 50-422329412.78236822.670713501160
12/03/05#11 UCLAW 66-192426010.83200001120110
Heisman Stats1871,6588.87153138312.352233910181791
01/04/06+ TexasL 41-3813826.31169515.83051020000

(+ Neutral site, BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl)