Best individual seasons in the Pac-12
June, 4, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
This week, "College Football Live" is looking at the top individual seasons over the past 50 years. There have been a lot of them in the Pac-8/10/12 so there is plenty of room for debate. Here's a look at five of the top individual seasons that should get the discussion going ...
- Marcus Allen, USC, 1981: When "College Football Live" puts out its top five list this week, Allen will be on it. (You'll have to wait to find out where. Sorry.) In 1981 he became college football's first 2,000-yard rusher. He set 14 NCAA records that included five consecutive 200-yard games. More on Allen later this week.
- Steve Emtman, Washington, 1991: His professional career never really panned out, but he was a monster in '91, compiling 6.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss while helping the Huskies to the 1991 national championship. The defense yielded just 9.2 points per game that year and many felt he should have won the Heisman Trophy.
- O.J. Simpson, USC, 1968: Remember, this isn't a character debate. In 1968, Simpson rushed for 1,880 yards en route to the Heisman Trophy. Among his highlights, an 80-yard rushing touchdown and 171 yards on the ground in a loss to Ohio State in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
- Reggie Bush, USC, 2005: Though his Heisman Trophy was later vacated, his '05 season was spectacular, rushing for 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 37 balls for 478 yards. He set the USC mark for most rushing yards in consecutive games with 294 against Fresno State followed by 260 the next game against UCLA. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon every time he took the ball.
- Terrell Suggs, ASU, 2002: The consensus All-American smashed the Pac-10 and NCAA single-season record with 22 sacks and tallied 29.5 tackles for a loss. He went on to win the Morris Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He finished his career with 44 total sacks.