As a junior, Bush has recorded 66 total tackles this season, a figure far less than he posted during his sophomore year, where he recorded 95 total tackles. Bush didn’t exactly burst onto the scene as a freshman, as he played just seven games, but rooted himself as one of the hardest hitting players in college football during his special teams duties that season.
Bush is being analyzed by Draft specialists as an elite pass-rushing and run-stopping linebacker with an exceptional ability to shoot gaps and use his speed to stop plays to the outside. His red flags are both in man-coverage and shedding blocks, due to his lack of length. Although raw in coverage, his skills in a zone-concept in pass defense suit him better than playing man-to-man.
In today’s NFL, analysts see Bush as a third-down type of linebacker due to his tenacious pass-rush, with a potentially large role in gap-penetrating schemes for teams that lack quality pass-rush on second and third down.
Various sources have Bush projected as a potential first-rounder this year, and others with him going as late as the second or third round.
So what would cause Bush to return for his senior season? The main problem analysts are seeing in him is his smaller than desirable size for an NFL linebacker. Even potentially the incident back in October, where Bush defaced the Spartan logo at midfield of Spartan Stadium before Michigan’s clash with Michigan State.
The chance at winning a championship would also be a factor in Bush coming back to Ann Arbor for one more season. The Wolverines have a favorable schedule next year with Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State all playing visitors at the Big House.
No news has been released on his decision thus far, but as we near bowl season, expect to hear from the Butkus Award finalist on whether or not he will suit up in maize and blue for one more year.
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