Rocket runs away from pack

No Heisman, no problem.

Raghib "Rocket" Ismail ran away from the pack in our recent poll looking at the best individual season by a Notre Dame player in the past 50 years.

Ismail's 1990 campaign notched 49 percent of your votes, topping runner-up (and my pick) Tim Brown and his 1987 season, which finished with 34 percent.

John Huarte's 1964 season finished with just 8 percent of the votes. "Other" had 10 percent.

Both Brown and Huarte won the Heisman Trophy during their big seasons. Ismail's big 1990 campaign was second to BYU's Ty Detmer in the Heisman voting that year.

Capped by Walter Camp Player of the Year honors, Ismail's 1990 season featured 537 rushing yards and three touchdowns; 32 receptions for 699 yards and two touchdowns; a 24.0 yards-per-kick-return average with one touchdown; and 151 punt-return yards on 13 returns.