Another 1-2 in Rose Bowl

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first_img Asked if he avoided talking to Young at the awards presentation in New York last month, Bush said, “I don’t think I was giving him the cold shoulder at all.” “That was a special moment for all of us. I was just trying to focus on the whole thing,” he said. During an outing at Disneyland last week, Young clearly nodded toward USC quarterback Matt Leinart when players on both teams passed each other. Young made no such gesture toward Bush. The top-ranked Trojans and No. 2 Texas meet Wednesday in the Rose Bowl. Young starred in the Rose last season, and hopes to lead the Longhorns to another victory this time. “He’s already made it clear that he wants to try to make it a platform, so what can you do?” Bush said. Bush is expected to pass up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Young has said he intends to return next fall for his senior season. Bush insisted he won’t decide whether to turn pro until sometime after the Rose Bowl. Hours before the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers played, he said he might try to watch some of the so-called “Bush Bowl.” The loser was assured the No. 1 pick in the draft, and many predict Bush would be taken first if available. The 49ers – the team Bush said he liked best as a a kid – wound up winning 20-17 in overtime. “I won’t be rooting for anybody, just be watching the game,” Bush said. “I’m hoping for Alex (Smith) to do something.” Smith, a high school teammate of Bush’s in San Diego, was picked by the 49ers last year as the overall No. 1 choice. YOUNG STAND-IN Michael Coleman may not have all the moves of celebrated teammates Reggie Bush and LenDale White, but he looks a lot like Texas star quarterback Vince Young to the Trojans. Coleman, the freshman tailback out of San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley High School, has been posing as Young in USC practice sessions the past week, and getting strong reviews for his play-acting. “He’s been banged up throughout the season but he’s back now and doing a fine job,” USC safety Darnell Bing said of Coleman. “He’s big, as well, has speed and he likes to run people over.” Coleman is 6-foot-1, 235 pounds. Young is 6-5, 233. USC has used three players to simulate Young at the controls of the Texas offense, opting for 6-foot-4 backup tight end Fred Davis for Young’s height, redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez for Young’s passing abilities and Coleman for Young’s rushing capabilities. Said USC linebacker Oscar Lua: “Mike gives us more of the running ability that Vince has, trying to break tackles and running around really fast.” Coleman’s contributions come despite an injury to his left hip which will require surgery, scheduled for Jan. 10. “It’s fun to get some time at quarterback,” said Coleman, who played the position at Arroyo Valley. “There’s some pain, but I can get through it.” Coleman has not played since the Washington State game on Oct. 29, but he plans to suit up for the Rose Bowl and hopes to play if USC holds a big lead late in the game. In 20 carries, Coleman gained 95 yards and scored a touchdown. Coleman revealed his plan to return to practice last month, saying, “I just can’t sit and watch my teammates play . . . I want to know I was part of this (national championship) three-peat. I don’t want to watch history; I want to help them make it.” Paul Oberjuerge contributed to this report 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson BEVERLY HILLS – USC-Texas isn’t the only 1-2 matchup in the Rose Bowl. There’s this little deal between Reggie Bush and Vince Young. It started at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, when Bush won and Young finished second. The USC tailback celebrated; the Texas quarterback said he was disappointed and felt he’d let down his team and family. “I surely didn’t expect for him to make the comments that he made,” Bush said Sunday. “He seems like a great guy, a normal guy, so I don’t have any negative thoughts about him. “I wouldn’t say there was an edge, but you’ve got that competitive nature, you want to win.” last_img

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