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USC's Bush keeps image on his mind

Forget the hype or even the jinx. Reggie Bush intends to change the image of Heisman winners when he enters the NFL next fall.

Bush arrived Thursday at the annual scouting combine as the favorite to be the top pick in April's draft thanks to an uncanny combination of speed, deft moves and his ability to turn nothing plays into touchdowns.

They are traits Bush believes will help him transform his college success into NFL stardom, a transition recent Heisman winners have struggled with.

"Hopefully, you'll see the same things you've seen from me in my college career," he said. "I look forward to it."

The NFL has been inundated with recent Heisman busts. Since Barry Sanders won the award in 1988, such names as Jason White, Danny Wuerffel, Gino Torretta and Andre Ware have become the rule. Such players as Carson Palmer and Eddie George have been the exceptions.

Bush believes there is a logical explanation for the failures and insists he can change the perception.

"It's harder for a quarterback to go in and be successful as opposed to a running back," he said. "You can't go in and expect to have success right away. I know there are going to be mistakes, but hopefully not too many."

Scouts have found little to criticize in the shifty 20-year-old running back who thrived in the spotlight at Southern California.

BILLS: Offensive lineman Mike Williams was released, ending a disappointing four-year tenure in Buffalo for the former No. 4 draft pick.

The move allows the Bills to save more than $3-million in salary cap space for next season. Williams had two years left on his contract, was due a $3-million roster bonus in July and was scheduled to count about $10.8-million against the cap next season.

"Salary cap issues certainly fit into that," general manager Marv Levy told Buffalo's WIVB-TV, while attending the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "There's some difficult decisions that have to be made and we would like to address them early if we can.It's never fun to release a player."

Williams' agent, David Dunn, declined comment.